Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Reuters confirmed Turkish reports that five armoured vehicles and 23 military personnel arrived in Doha yesterday in a deployment Turkey's armed forces said was part of a military training and cooperation deal.

Peter notes that these relationships with Iran and Turkey, which have gained strength as Qatar has sought help, might be a sign that the diplomatic pressure could backfire.

Turkey says it has no plans to shut down its military base in Qatar as demanded by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that have cut ties with Doha.

- Stop interfering in the four countries' affairs.

David Pollock, fellow at the Washington Institute, Mohamed Fawzi (L), former Al Jazeera English cameraman, Mohamed Fahmy, Al Jazeera English reporter, and lawyer Martin McMahon hold a press conference at the National Press Club about a lawsuit against Qatar's Al Jazeera June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

"We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats, and fear-mongering", it said in a statement.

Egypt and Bahrain accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cosying up to revolutionary theocracy Iran.

The diplomatic and economic isolation of Qatar has sparked what has been deemed as one of the worst crisis in the Gulf in recent years.

"We cannot expect an end to the crisis, solutions are not yet developed and the countries besieged Qatar have not provided any clear reasons for the steps they have taken", he said. This includes Saudi Arabia, which occupies the peninsula nation's only overland border, through which it receives roughly 40 percent of its imports.

Qatar is yet to comment on the demands, although officials have previously said that they will not negotiate until the blockade is lifted.

"The leakage will further exasperate & prolong the Qatar crisis".

They later issued a list of 59 people and 12 groups with links to Qatar, alleging that they have ties to "terrorism".

The countries insist their Persian Gulf neighbour must close down broadcaster Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and shut a Turkish military base in Qatar.

Though Qatar's neighbours have focused their grievances on alleged Qatari support for extremism, they have also voiced loud concerns about Qatar's relationship with Iran, the Shiite-led country that is a regional foe for Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-led nations.

Gulf states have issued Qatar with 13 demands that must be met to lift their blockade of the country, including the disbanding of news channel Al Jazeera.

Turkey has backed Qatar during the three-week-old crisis.

On Friday, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik tried to allay criticism of the Turkish base in Qatar and warned against intervention. "The base in Qatar is both a Turkish base and one that will preserve the security of Qatar and the region", Isik said in an interview.

Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

According to the list, Qatar must refuse to naturalise citizens from the four countries and expel those now in Qatar, in what the countries describe as an effort to keep it from meddling in their internal affairs.