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Arab states expected to impose more sanctions on Qatar

01 Août 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Qatar was not serious in tackling the countries' demands. Amid a bitter feud between the Sunni Muslim-majority neighbors, Saudi Arabia has accused Qatar of asking to internationalize Saudi Arabia's holy sites, a demand Qatar denies making.

Qatar said later in June that the hack had originated in the countries waging the diplomatic war on Doha.

"Furthermore, the illegal siege is unprecedented in the framework of economic blocs", Qatar's economic and commerce minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassem bin Mohammed Al-Thani said in the statement. "There isn't even a consulate or embassy to help gain clearance to prepare for pilgrimage or even ensure the safety of Qatari pilgrims".

Earlier on Saturday, a Doha-appointed human rights commission says Saudi Arabia has been "politicizing" the annual hajj pilgrimage through imposing restrictions on Qatari pilgrims travelling to the kingdom.

Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar will only enter dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, and "fights terror", the group said as they met in Manama on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia's aviation authorities have agreed on emergency air traffic corridors for Qatari airlines in the event that regional airports are closed after securing the approval of the United Arab Emirates, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar are ready for dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, Bahrain's foreign minister said after a meeting with his counterparts.

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"It has to be black or white", Al-Jubeir said, saying Qatar either funds terrorism or it doesn't.

In response to the blockading countries returning to the list of 13 demands and their promotion of what they call the "six Cairo principles" after the Manama meeting, Sheikh Mohamed hinted the conference has only helped show the confusion reigning in the minds of the leaders of the siege nations.

The boycotting states cut ties with Qatar - a major global gas supplier and host to the biggest US military base in the Middle East - on June 5, accusing it of financing militant groups in Syria, and allying with Iran, their regional foe, allegations Doha denies. Saudi Arabia claims that Qataris are welcome, but have not come apparently by choice, while Qatar argues that Saudi Arabia's closure of Qatar's only land border and banning of Qatari flights have made the trek extremely hard.

Arab states expected to impose more sanctions on Qatar