Qatar delivers response to demands from Saudi and allies
Saudi Arabia and its allies announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades. Photograph: (Reuters)
Qatar has delivered a response to the list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies, AFP reported.
Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani delivered the response during a short visit to Kuwait, according to a Gulf official.
On June 22 they presented a list of 13 demands and gave Doha 10 days to comply.
The Saudi-led bloc on Monday extended the deadline by 48 hours for meeting their demands.
The demands include the shutting down of Al Jazeera news network, reducing diplomatic ties to Iran, ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood and shutting down a Turkish military base in the emirate.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt suspended diplomatic relations and cut off land, sea and air travel to Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilising the Gulf region.
Doha has strongly denied the claims.
Qatar’s foreign minister said over the weekend the demands couldn't be met and that the demands were “made to be rejected”.
The UN Security Council has told Qatar to sort out its differences with its Gulf neighbours.