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Posted July 05, 2017

On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar, and the first three countries imposed a land and air embargo on their neighbouring state for "supporting terrorism".

The move came after a request by the Kuwaiti emir who is acting as mediator in the Gulf crisis, according to a joint statement issued by the official Saudi SPA news agency.

Sheikh Abdullah said the Saudi-led quartet, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, wait for Doha to respond to their 13 demands, the report said.

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The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group's 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al Jazeera news network, expired on Sunday, BBC reported.

The demands included: Cutting back Qatar's diplomatic ties to Iran, shuttering the Qatari media outlet "Al-Jazeera", ending the military presence of Turkey in Qatar and ending any military cooperation with it.

He also revealed that Qatar's neighbors are plotting to topple its emir and warned the Saudi-led Arab states that, historically, Qatar had proven it was not an easy country to be "swallowed up".

Doha lambasted the charges and indicated that the list is made to be rejected as it targets its sovereignty.

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Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for weeks from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Potential trade penalties against Qatar could be extended to include countries and companies dealing with the energy-rich emirate, Al Arabiya added without elaborating.

However, the diplomatic crisis looks unlikely to resolve itself in with Qatar's Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani telling reporters Thursday that the list of demands was "meant to be rejected".

Cairo also will play host to a meeting of a United Nations agency monitoring worldwide air travel over a complaint by Qatar about its neighbors cutting off its air routes over the dispute.

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