February 26, 2018

Qatar defiant after missing sanctions deadline

04 July 2017, 01:15 | Kara Nash

Bandar Algaloud Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court Handout via Reuters

Bandar Algaloud  Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court  Handout via Reuters

Their statement came on the same day as Qatar formally replied to the list of demands after the four countries agreed to give Doha another 48 hours to respond to a deadline.

The four Gulf countries that issued an ultimatum to Qatar over its alleged support to terrorism have extended the deadline for the country by two more days to meet their demands.

"We are anxious that the distrust and the disunity could weaken all the parties concerned as well as the entire peninsula", said Gabriel, who will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Saudi Arabia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdullah bin Yahiya al-Moallemi, said on Twitter that Qatar had failed to take opportunities offered by its neighbors in the past to stop supporting terrorism.

In a statement, lawyers for Qatar denounced the demands and called for global condemnation.

Turkey sees Qatar as its top Gulf ally but is also keen to improve relations with regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia.

Foreign ministers from the Saudi-led bloc are scheduled to meet in Cairo on Wednesday to chalk out further moves.

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It is unclear what Kuwait hopes to achieve by extending the deadline. Al-Thani said during the weekend that the list was "made to be rejected" and added that "Qatar is prepared to face whatever consequences".

Last week, Kuwait, which is serving as a mediator between Qatar and the Gulf states, handed 13 demands of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain over to Doha.

Gulf countries have insisted that their demands are non- negotiable.

This meeting comes "in the framework of the coordination of positions", but also of "consultations" between the four countries to discuss "future endeavours regarding the Qatar", according to the text.

A White House statement said Trump addressed his concerns about the dispute, and stressed the importance of regional unity, stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology.

The split among the Arab states erupted after US President Donald Trump visited Riyadh where he accused Iran of "destabilizing interventions" in Arab lands.

On 9 June, Saudi Arabia and its allies publish a list of people and organisations they accuse of involvement in "terrorism" with support from Qatar. The requirements included terms such as shutting down the news agency Al Jazeera, breaking all aids to terrorist outfits like Muslim Brotherhood and shutting of the Turkish military base near the capital Doha.

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