Qatar defies Saudi-led bloc

World | 4 Jul 2017

Qatar appeared defiant as Saudi Arabia and its allies yesterday extended a deadline for Doha to accept a series of demands to lift a de facto blockade.

Their demands include Doha ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood, closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt gave Doha 10 days to comply with their 13 demands, with the ultimatum due to expire at the end of Sunday.

The 48-hour extension came as the Kuwaiti emir acted as mediator in the Gulf crisis.

Qatar said it would give its response to the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al- Sabah, yesterday.

The letter will be handed over by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

"The list of demands is made to be rejected," he said Saturday.

Saudi Arabia and its allies vowed to sever ties with Qatar, which they accused of supporting extremism and of being too close to Iran, which Qatar has denied.


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