Qatar on June 24 labelled as "unreasonable" demands made by four Arab states to shutter the Al-Jazeera network, cut most ties with Iran, and close Turkey's air base as the price of ending a regional boycott of the small Persian Gulf state.
Saudi Arabia has given Qatar an ultimatum: Close Al Jazeera, hand over wanted people and pay "compensation" in 10 days. pic.twitter.com/H4OX0rhPWw— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 23, 2017
The demands were included in a 13-point list presented to Doha as an
ultimatum by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates which
went well beyond the original reason those states cited for snubbing Doha --
that it was funding and harboring "terrorists."
"This list of demands confirms what Qatar has said from the beginning: the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combatting terrorism. It is about limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy," Sheikh Saif al-Thani, director of Qatar's government communications office, said.
Thani said the demands are not "reasonable and actionable" -- two criteria laid down by the U.S. State Department this week in an attempt to mediate the dispute.
The department did not comment on the list of demands on June 23, but the White House appeared to distance itself from the dispute, calling it a "family issue" that should be sorted out among the Arab states.
Al Jazeera denounces extending Mahmoud Hussein's detention for 45 days - Al Jazeera Media Network... https://t.co/xDSaCB57AN— Al Jazeera PR (@AlJazeera) June 22, 2017
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