Turkey rejects Saudi ultimatum to close Turkish military base in Qatar

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

They have imposed a blockade, withdrawing diplomats, stopping direct flights and, in Saudi Arabia's case, closing Qatar's only land border.

"The strengthening of the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf's security", he said.

The list delivered Thursday includes demands that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera, scale back ties to Iran and close a Turkish military base. "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".

"A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension", he added.

He added the US supports Kuwait's efforts to mediate the conflict and the USA will keep in close contact with all parties. - Reuters picTillerson had called on the bloc to spell out exactly what Qatar must do to end the diplomatic and economic isolation imposed almost three weeks ago. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would give its official response to Kuwait, which has been acting as a mediator between Qatar and its neighbors.

Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, have issued 13 demands that they want Qatar to meet in return for an end to the almost three-week-old diplomatic and trade "blockade".

Al Sulaiti said that Qatar is hoping to "get more routes for Qatar" and said he trusted the United Nations body to resolve the dispute and "take action very quickly", Reuters reported.

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

Turkey's prominence on the list of demands has pushed Mr Erdogan even further into Doha's corner.

And in televised comments broadcast on Qatari state television, Mohamed al-Musfir, a political science lecturer at Qatar University, described the ultimatum as "ridiculous", urging Doha to reject it.

The Turkish President went on to say that the demands added up to an unlawful intervention with Qatar's sovereignty.

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.

"We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority", it said.

A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shows him speaking at a conference in the capital Tehran.

Other reports by GizPress

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