Qatar said it’s prepared to “face whatever consequences” as a deadline nears for it to meet a list of demands by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.
The four Arab states last month gave Qatar 10 days to meet a list of demands, with the deadline expiring Monday.During a trip to Rome on Saturday, Qatar’s foreign minister told reporters the list was “made to be rejected.”Qatar is not afraid of any actions that could be taken against it, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said.
“There is no fear … Qatar is prepared to face whatever consequences,” he told reporters.
The list includes 13 preconditions to ending Qatar’s isolation, including shutting down the country’s state-funded Al Jazeera news network and reducing ties with Iran.Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called the list “non-negotiable” last week.The countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the Gulf region.
‘Made to be rejected’
Qatar, which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia, has rejected the accusations, calling them “unjustified” and “baseless.”
Its foreign minister says the list of demands has unmeetable stipulations.
“It’s not made to be accepted or not made to be negotiated,” he said. “The state of Qatar instead of rejecting it as a principle, we are willing to engage in providing the proper condition for further dialogue.”
Some key demands:
CNN obtained the list of demands, which Qatari officials confirmed as authentic.
The four countries have told Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera media network and its affiliates, and cut ties to extremist organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
The states have told Qatar it must stop interfering in their affairs and end the practice of giving Qatari nationality to their citizens and say that the oil-rich state must pay them reparations for damages or costs incurred because of Qatari policies.
They also want Qatar to halt the development of a Turkish military base in the country and reduce diplomatic ties with Iran
Since the onset of Qatar’s isolation, Turkey has fast-tracked a decision to approve the deployment of troops to Qatar — part of an existing bilateral agreement. Iran, meanwhile, has sent plane-loads of fruit and vegetables to Qatar.
Source : CNN