Arab nations extend deadline for Qatar to accept demands

Jul 03, 2017, 7:41 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia and three Gulf allies have called on Qatar to shut down the Al Jazeera news network.
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Saudi Arabia and three other Gulf states, which handed Qatar a list of 13 demands to end an ongoing diplomatic and economic boycott, extended the deadline for Doha by two more days, warning of imposing more sanctions if the isolated nation fails to comply.

Qatar, accused of backing extremist organizations and funding terror outfits, is expected to submit a formal letter of response through Kuwait, acting as mediator to resolve the crisis, writes the BBC.

It remains unannounced what further sanctions could be imposed on Doha but analysts believe the banks in Saudi Arabia and other allies might be directed to pull deposits and interbank loans from Qatar, notes Reuters.