Arab states hand Qatar list of 13 demands to lift blockades

Jun 23, 2017, 6:23 AM EDT
Doha, Qatar
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More than two weeks after snapping off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, four Arab states have sent Doha a list of 13 “steep” demands, insisting that the isolated country acts on them to end the unprecedented crisis in the region.  

The list, compiled by Saudi Arabia, demands Qatar to lock down its broadcaster Al Jazeera, restrain its ties with Iran, close a Turkish military base and cut down its relationship and support for terrorist, ideological and sectarian organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State and others, writes the BBC.

The Arab states have set a deadline of 10 days for Qatar to comply with the demands, failing which the list will get “void,” however, Doha has already rejected any prospects of negotiation unless the countries lift the three-weeks-old blockades, notes The Guardian