UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

  • UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

UAE: Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar

The four countries are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain. Turkey has signed dozens of military cooperation agreements with different countries.

Curb diplomatic ties with Iran and close its diplomatic missions there.

- Cut ties to extremist organizations.

She said, "any resolution or basis for discussion should be consistent with worldwide law including human rights and global humanitarian law as well as the U.N. Charter as all countries concerned are U.N. member states".

Though the demands include conditions that Qatar already has insisted it would never meet, the list answers the growing call from the United States and from Qatar for the countries to put their grievances in writing.

Doha said it is reviewing the list of demands and that a formal response will be made by the foreign ministry and delivered to Kuwait, but added that the demands are not reasonable or actionable.

"NHRC noted that Qatar's acceptance of these demands and conditions would subject the country to global accountability and violate its obligations on human rights conventions".

As the crisis has dragged on, US diplomats have complained privately that the Arab nations were taking too long to present their demands, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said they must be "reasonable and actionable". "This reflects basically an attempt from these countries to suppress free media and also undermine our sovereignty", said the Qatari envoy.

He said if Qatar did not accept its ultimatum, "the alternative is not escalation but parting ways".

As the United States stepped back from any central mediating role, all sides seemed to be settling in for a potentially protracted crisis.

Among the demands is also a request to shut down the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcasting channel and its affiliate stations, as well as other media outlets "supported by Qatar".

Qatar has been given just 10 days to comply or the offer becomes void. Qatar rejects those accusations and says it is being punished for straying from its neighbours' backing for authoritarian rulers.

Saudi Arabia regularly accuses Iran, its regional rival, of interference throughout the Middle East.

Qatar said on Saturday that a 13-point list of demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies impinged on its sovereignty and failed to meet United States expectations they be "reasonable". Below are the demands, as confirmed by a Gulf official involved in the process, some of which are followed by Qatar's previously stated position on the issue.

Earlier this month shares in the country's banks fell sharply after the UAE central bank told its lenders to stop dealing with 59 individuals with links to Qatar and carry out enhanced due diligence on their activities with six Qatari banks.

Qatar's main import routes - by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from container ships docked in the UAE - have been disrupted, and much of the surrounding airspace has been closed to its air traffic.

Qatar must provide all databases related to oppositionists that it provided support to and clarify what help was provided.

Friday, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik tried to allay criticism of the Turkish base in Qatar and warned against intervention. What was different with the one concerning Qatar was the actual basing of Turkish military equipment and personnel on the territory of Qatar. He told The Associated Press on Friday that the network stands firm in providing "our usual comprehensive and impartial coverage of events around the world".

The country has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for more than two weeks, with Iran and Turkey increasingly supplying it with food and other goods.

Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera TV, which is funded by the Qatari government.

Al-Thani reportedly hailed Iran as an "Islamic power" and criticized US President Donald Trump's policy towards Tehran on a news website.

"We believe it's a family issue and that they should work out".