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QATAR, GULF CRISIS: US calls for talks to end diplomatic row

26 June 2017, 08:28 | Laverne Osborne

Gargash did not elaborate, but on Thursday the UAE and its allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain delivered a list of 13 demands to Qatar through mediator Kuwait, including one to close down Al Jazeera.

Washington, Dammam, Khartoum - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday that Qatar has started to review the list of 13 demands to end its crisis with the Arab states.

Kuwait has given Qatar a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that includes shutting down Al Jazeera and cutting diplomatic ties to Iran. "It's very hard for us to maintain a collective grouping with one of the partners.actively promoting what is an extremist and terrorist agenda".

Highlighting that friendly and brotherly ties between Iranian and Qatari nations can benefit people of the region, Dr. Rouhani said "we look forward to having continuous cooperation with the Qatari government and strongly believe that numerous capacities for further bolstering ties between the two countries need to be properly exploited". A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension.

Erdogan said Turkey had also offered to establish a military base in Saudi Arabia, but never received a clear answer.

Speaking after a prayer at the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the sweeping ultimatum the Gulf states have put to Qatar is an attack on the country's "sovereign rights".

Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze.

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

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of support for Islamist militants, an allegation Qatar denies.

In parallel, Gulf States have reiterated that resolving the crisis with Qatar through diplomatic means remained their utmost priority.

We are ready to develop Tehran-Doha relations in all fields, continued the Qatari Emir, adding: "Relations between Iran and Qatar have always been developing and powerful".

He called on the Arab countries to "sit together" with Qatar to work through what he hoped would be "reasonable and actionable" demands.

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