Qatar rejects list of conditions by boycotting countries
Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable, the BBC reported.
Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism, the BBC added.
Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera TV, which is funded by the Qatari government.
The UAE’s foreign minister has suggested they may cut ties completely, the BBC added.
But Anwar Gargash added that the countries were not seeking to overthrow the Qatari leadership, the Associated Press news agency reports, the BBC.
Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for more than two weeks, with Iran and Turkey increasingly supplying it with food and other goods. It denies accusations that it is funding terrorism and fostering regional instability.
The four countries also want Qatar to reduce its ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base, setting a deadline on Friday of 10 days, BBC added.
The government is reviewing the demands, a spokesman has said.
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