Gargash says diplomacy remains priority in resolving Qatar crisis

Gargash says diplomacy remains priority in resolving Qatar crisis

Gargash says diplomacy remains priority in resolving Qatar crisis

The deal comes after Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab nations severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

After the list was published, Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Qarqash accused the Qatari government of leaking the document to journalists. The network's critics say it advances Qatar's goals by promoting Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood that pose a populist threat to rulers in other Arab countries.

A further puzzling demand was for the expulsion of Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces - not known to have a presence in the small kingdom which hosts a large USA military base.

The US, the most important global partner for Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar, is seen as having a key role to play in bringing about a resolution.

Qatar today said it has dismissed a list of demands received from Saudi Arabia-led bock as neither reasonable or actionable, but said it is reviewing the document and preparing "an appropriate response".

Saudi Arabia demanded Qatar change its policy, in order to adjust Al Jazeera's broadcasting to the interests of the Gulf States.

The ultimatum was quickly rejected by Qatar's ally, Turkey, and blasted as an assault on free speech by Al Jazeera, the Qatari broadcaster.

Qatari-owned al-Jazeera has responded angrily to the latest round of Saudi demands issued to Qatar as conditions for ending a blockade against the nation, which as with the previous demands included a demand that al-Jazeera be immediately and permanently shuttered.

Qatar's National Human Rights Committee said some of the demands violate worldwide human rights conventions, according to a Qatar News Agency story tweeted Friday by the foreign ministry.

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A top Emirati diplomat said on Saturday that United States and European guarantees would be needed to monitor any future agreement aimed at ending a row between Qatar and its neighbours. That last demand is an indirect reference to Qatar's supposed support and financial backing of Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood, accusations Qatar refutes.

As well as shutting down Al Jazeera, which Qatar has previously said it would not do, the boycotting five Arab countries also want it to cut diplomatic ties with Iran.

The newspaper said a joint exercise by Turkish and Qatari forces was expected following the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday which starts on Sunday, and the number of Turkish soldiers sent to the Gulf state could eventually reach 1,000.

Qatar strongly denies such charges.

Besides, Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, expel any members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with United States sanctions.

Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis. According to Hilala, Al Jazeera has been providing unbiased coverage of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, giving the floor to each of the conflicting parties.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at odds over a number of regional issues, including Iran's nuclear program and what Saudis see as Tehran's growing influence in the kingdom's sphere of influence, especially in Syria, Lebanon and neighboring Yemen.

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Qatar, which is the world's richest country per capita, has been flexing its muscles in the Middle East in recent years.

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