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Qatar : Saudi-led demands not ‘reasonable or actionable’

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Qatar : Saudi-led demands not ‘reasonable or actionable’

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Qatar has dismissed a list of demands submitted by four Arab nations as neither reasonable nor actionable.

“This list of demands confirms what Qatar has said from the earliest starting point – the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combatting terrorism, it is about limiting Qatar’s sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy,” said Sheik Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, Chief of the Qatari government’s communications office, in a statement on Friday.

“The US Secretary of State as of late called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was ‘reasonable and actionable’. The British Foreign Secretary asked that the demands be ‘measured and realistic.’ This list does not satisfy that criteria,” included the statement.

Qatar says it is reviewing the demands and is preparing an official response subsequent to confirming the receipt of a document containing demands from several Arab countries that cut ties with it and imposed a blockade against it recently in the midst of a noteworthy diplomatic crisis.

The list was received by Qatar’s ministry of foreign affairs on June 22, the state-run Qatar News Agency reported at an opportune time Saturday.

“The state of Qatar is as of now studying this paper, the demands contained therein and the foundations on which they were based, so as to set up an appropriate response to it and hand it over to the state of Kuwait,” QNA said, citing a statement by the ministry of foreign affairs.

Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to the US, also reprimanded the list of demands.

List of demands

Kuwait has been acting as a mediator to defuse the crisis that ejected on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt declared they were severing relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism”.

The four countries have not given any confirmation, and Qatar has over and again denied the allegations as baseless.

Prior on Friday, reports rose that the Saudi-drove coalition had given Qatar 10 days to agree to 13 demands, which included shutting down the Al Jazeera Media Network, closing a Turkish military base and scaling down ties with Iran.

In the archive, the countries also requested that Qatar servers every single affirmed tie with the Muslim Brotherhood and with different groups, including Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and ISIL (also known as ISIS).

The archive also states that Qatar must consent to month to month compliance audits in the first year subsequent to agreeing to the demands, trailed by quarterly audits in the second year, and annual audits in the following 10 years.

The list also includes a request that Qatar pays reparations and compensation for loss of life and other financial losses supposedly caused by Qatar’s policies lately.

The document did not specify what the countries will do if Qatar refuses to consent.

Amir Handjani, a senior individual at the Atlantic Council, disclosed to Al Jazeera that the demands are a “non-starter”.

“This is an extremely aggressive position that the Saudi-coalition is taking. I think it’s an opening gambit in a since a long time ago, extended transaction,” he said.

“The Saudis are signalling to the Qataris that they are willing to dig in. Furthermore, I think the Qataris are not going to cave. So I anticipate that tensions will rise.”

Handjani said that the demands added up to a request that Qatar gives up its sovereignty.

“I am sure as temperatures rise, different countries such as the United States, the UK, the French – who have longstanding ties with the GCC countries … will step in and attempt and assume a mediating part,” he said.

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