Arab states direct Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts behind ties to Iran


DUBAI Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over purported support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 final including shutting Al Jazeera radio and shortening ties to their informal counter Iran, an central of one of a 4 countries said.

The final directed during finale a misfortune Gulf Arab predicament in years seem designed to stifle a dual decade-old unfamiliar process in that Qatar has punched good above a weight, striding a theatre as a assent broker, mostly in conflicts in Muslim lands.

Doha’s independent-minded approach, including a dovish line on Iran and support for Islamist groups, in sold a Muslim Brotherhood, has angry some of a neighbors who see domestic Islamism as a hazard to their dynastic rule.

The list, gathered by Saudi Arabia, a United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, that cut economic, tactful and transport ties to Doha on Jun 5, also final a shutting of a Turkish troops bottom in Qatar, a central told Reuters.

Turkey’s Defense Minister Fikri Isik deserted a demand, observant any call for a bottom to be tighten would paint division in Ankara’s family with Doha. He suggested instead that Turkey competence accelerate a presence.

“Strengthening a Turkish bottom would be a certain step in terms of a Gulf’s security,” he said. “Re-evaluating a bottom agreement with Qatar is not on a agenda.”

Qatar contingency also announce it is disjunction ties with terrorist, ideological and narrow-minded organizations including a Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, before al Qaeda’s bend in Syria, a Arab central said, and obey all designated terrorists on a territory.


The 4 Arab countries credit Qatar of appropriation terrorism, fomenting informal instability and cozying adult to insubordinate theocracy Iran. Qatar has denied a accusations.

Qatari officials did not respond immediately to requests for comment. But on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani pronounced Qatar would not negotiate with a 4 states unless they carried their measures opposite Doha.

The countries give Doha 10 days to comply, unwell that a list becomes “void”, a central pronounced though elaborating, suggesting a offer to finish a brawl in lapse for a 13 stairs would no longer be on a table.

“The final are so assertive that it creates it tighten to unfit to now see a fortitude of that conflict,” pronounced Olivier Jakob, a strategist during Switzerland-based oil consultancy Petromatrix.

Several Qataris who spoke to Reuters described a final as unreasonable. “Imagine another nation perfectionist that CNN be closed,” pronounced 40-year-old Haseeb Mansour, who works for telecom user Ooredoo.

Abdullah al-Muhanadi, a late open zone selling for groceries in Doha on Friday morning, pronounced a protest contingency be carried before negotiations to solve a brawl could start.

“There’s a lot on a list that is simply not loyal or unreasonable, so how can we comply?” he said. “There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and a agreement with Turkey is a long-standing tactful agreement so we can't ask them to leave.”

The demands, handed to Qatar by go-between Kuwait also need that Qatar stop interfering in a 4 countries’ domestic and unfamiliar affairs and stop a use of giving Qatari nationality to adults of a 4 countries, pronounced a official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Qatar contingency compensate reparations to these countries for any repairs or costs incurred over a past few years since of Qatari policies, he added. Any ensuing agreement to approve with a final will be monitored, with monthly reports in a initial year, afterwards each 3 months a subsequent year, afterwards annually for 10 years, a central pronounced though elaborating.

U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a tough position on Qatar, accusing it of being a “high level” unite of terrorism, though he has also offering assistance to a parties in a brawl to solve their differences.

Turkey has corroborated Qatar during a three-week-old crisis. It sent a initial boat carrying food assist to Qatar and dispatched a tiny fortuitous of soldiers and armored vehicles there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s leaders on relaxing tragedy in a region.

(Additional stating by Tom Finn and Tom Arnold in Doha, and Daren Butler in Istanbul; Editing by Rania El Gamal, Paul Tait and Richard Balmforth)


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