Qatar Gets 48 More Hours To Meet Neighboring Counties' Demands

On June 5, five Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt announced their decision to cut all diplomatic relations with fellow Gulf Arab state, Qatar, for allegedly supporting terrorism and extremism.

Riyadh's demands include ending Doha's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

"I'm nearly a bit surprised that they're going through the rigmarole of the 48 hours".

"We wish well for the people of Qatar and we hope that the rulers of Qatar return to their senses", said Saudi diplomat Ali Hassan Jaafar at a news conference as quoted by Reuters.

He told Mike Hosking resolution is a long way off.

Before his trip, Gabriel had said he meant to remain neutral in the dispute with Qatar, but stressed that stability in the region was also a matter of worldwide interest.

Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism.

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Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE made a decision to extend the deadline two more days for Qatar to comply with their demands.

The meeting was also attended by Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, according to Kuwait's official KUNA news agency.

He also revealed that Qatar's neighbors are plotting to topple its emir and warned the Saudi-led Arab states that, historically, Qatar had proven it was not an easy country to be "swallowed up".

Qatar has denied the accusations and said such charges are baseless.

Egypt said on Sunday that foreign ministers from the four boycotting countries would meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss Qatar, without providing further details.

Qatar is a U.S. ally and the United States maintains a large military base there, home to some 11,000 personnel.

"He reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology".

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