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Turkey rejects Arab terms to Qatar, US urges sides to talk

26 Juin 2017

In particular the demands relating to other countries are believed to be particularly contentious, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan describing the call for the shutting of the base as "disrespectful" after the country's parliament fast tracked plans to expand its military presence in Qatar.

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

Qatar's foreign minister on Saturday rejected the demands, saying they were proof that the four countries' actions had "nothing to do with combating terrorism - as the four contend - but were created to limit Qatar's sovereignty".

In their apparent bid to secure U.S. support and that of Israel, Riyadh, Manama, Cairo and Abu Dhabi suspended all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, expelled its diplomats and ordered Qatari citizens to leave their countries. The conflict between the Arab countries and Qatar should be settled by diplomatic means on the basis of balance of interests, a high-ranking source at the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS on Saturday. The list contains demands Doha needs to meet in order to restore ties with other Arab nations.

The demands include the closure of all of Qatar's media outlets, including the regionally influential al-Jazeera, expelling Turkey from a military base in Qatar, closing diplomatic facilities overseas, and agreeing to pay an unspecified amount of "reparations" for daring to disagree with the other states, among other things.

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The director of the Qatari's communication office said the blockade was meant to "limit Qatar's sovereignty and interfere in its foreign policy", according to the official QNA news agency.

"Qatar has begun its careful review and consideration of a series of requests presented by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE", he said.

"Each country involved has something to contribute to that effort".

That claim contradicts the UAE's ambassador to Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, who told Fox News the charges of Qatar supporting extremists had been raised in a meeting three years ago chaired by the late Saudi King Abdullah. A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension.

Additionally, in a readout of a conversation with Qatar's emir, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said, "pressure, threats and sanctions" would not assist in resolving the crisis, adding that the "siege of Qatar is not acceptable for us".

The story raised concerns about the closure of Al Jazeera, citizenship rights and extraditions.