Qatar will not accept Arab demands, ready for talks

A month ago as the row between the Gulf states and Qatar was beginning to brew Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani made a highly-publicised phone call to Sheikh Tamim. Lucas Jackson  Reuters

Qatar's foreign minister, carrying a handwritten letter from the country's ruling emir, has arrived in Kuwait amid a diplomatic crisis engulfing his nation.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have raised the possibility of further sanctions against Qatar if it does not comply with the 13 demands presented to Doha through Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator.

The bloc, on June 9, issued a list of 59 individuals and 12 entities claiming they are terrorists funded by Qatar.

The requirements included terms such as shutting down the news agency Al Jazeera, breaking all aids to terrorist outfits like Muslim Brotherhood and shutting of the Turkish military base near the capital Doha.

"There is no fear".

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The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group's 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al Jazeera news network, expired on Sunday, BBC reported.

Trump, spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz, as well as Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani.

Among the potential further steps the countries could take against Qatar would be to suspend it from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is closely allied to the United States.

"President Trump, nevertheless, believes that the overriding objective of his initiative is the cessation of funding for terrorism", the White House readout said.

Earlier on Saturday, Kremlin had said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has different talks with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain and insisted on the diplomatic solution to this conflict.

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A deadline was approaching Sunday for Qatar to accept a series of demands made by several Arab states to lift a de facto blockade, with no indications Doha was ready to comply.

Despite the pressure on Qatar, Gabriel said he did not get the impression after his meeting that the states were calling Qatar's sovereingty into question.

Qatar's state-run news agency said the emirate's officials will personally hand over the response to Kuwait later in the day.

Meanwhile, foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are scheduled to meet in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the Qatari crisis, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

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