Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

The list, compiled by
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain as the price
for ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years, also demands the closing of a
Turkish military base in Qatar, the official told Reuters.

Qatar must also
announce it is severing ties with terrorist, ideological and sectarian
organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al Qaeda,
Hezbollah, and Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, he
said, and surrender all designated terrorists on its territory,

The countries give
Doha 10 days to comply, failing which the list becomes ‘void’, the official
said without elaborating. The demands were handed to Qatar by Kuwait, which is
mediating in the dispute, said the official, who spoke on condition of
anonymity.

The four Arab
countries accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and
cozying up to revolutionary theocracy Iran. Qatar has denied the accusations.

US President Donald
Trump has taken a tough stance on Qatar, accusing it of being a “high
level” sponsor of terrorism, but he has also offered help to the parties
in the dispute to resolve their differences.

Turkey has backed
Qatar during the three-week-old crisis. It sent its first ship carrying food
aid to Qatar and dispatched a small contingent of soldiers and armoured vehicles
there on Thursday, while President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Saudi Arabia’s
leaders on calming tension in the region.