Qatar gets fresh deadline from neighbours

Posted July 04, 2017

Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for weeks from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

The extended Qatar deadline gives the country 48 hours to comply with demands made by the group.

Qatar's foreign minister has arrived in Kuwait with a handwritten response to demands by four Arab nations.

"We hope for a positive response to be able to resolve the crisis", Mr Al Jubeir said. The allegation has been rejected by Doha as "baseless".

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The United Arab Emirates have suggested that there will be immediate moves to permanently isolate the Qataris.

The same day, Qatar hands its response to the emir of Kuwait, but does not reveal its contents.

Qatar's response to the demands was handed by the foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to Kuwaiti emir Sheikh Sabah, as worldwide pressure continued for the crisis to be resolved. In a conversation with reporters in Rome, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani said that the Doha meeting is ready to hear complaints from his Arab neighbours.

Foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain will meet in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the Qatari crisis, China's Xinhua news agency reported an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Monday.

A U.S. state department official said on Sunday that Washington encourages "all parties to exercise restraint to allow for productive diplomatic discussions".

Riyadh and its supporters have already severed air, sea and ground links with Qatar, cutting off vital routes for imports including food. The list of demands includes turning over individuals wanted for involvement in terrorism along with no longer funding terrorist groups - defined as those on the United States State Department's list of terrorist nations.

Three days later, the UAE foreign minister says a blockade of Qatar could last "years".