Arab countries boycotting Qatar give Doha 48-hour extension to accept ultimatum

The four Arab states that decided last month to launch a boycott against Qatar due to its ties to terrorist organizations and Iran have granted Doha another 48 hours in order to comply with their 13-point list of demands. On Wednesday, officials from the four countries will meet in Egypt to discuss additional steps.
View of the Doha skyline Photo Credit: EPA

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain decided on Sunday night to extend the deadline for Qatar to comply with 13 demands by 48 hours, according to Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA. The list of demands was presented to Kuwait, which is acting as the mediator between the sides, a week and a half ago as an ultimatum. The four states stated that if Qatar does not comply with the demands, the crisis with Doha will continue and they will impose additional sanctions.

Kuwait reportedly requested that the four countries grant the Gulf state a two-day extension but did not mention anything related to where Qatar stands regarding the demands. However, shortly after Doha received the demands 10 days ago, the Qatari foreign minister said that the demands are outrageous and that the countries expect the Qatari government to reject them.

Among other things, the four states are demanding that Qatar shut down its Al-Jazeera news network; cut diplomatic ties with Iran; stop supporting terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and ISIS; and put an end to Turkey’s military presence in the country.

On Wednesday, the foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will meet in Cairo in order to discuss the situation with Qatar. On June 5, the four countries announced their decision to sever their ties with Qatar, explaining that the country supports terrorist groups and has been meddling in other countries’ internal affairs. Qatar denies the allegations.  

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