Arab states in­sist Qatar meet de­mands

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates — Four Arab states that cut ties with Qatar met Sun­day to dis­cuss the diplo­matic cri­sis, in­sist­ing on com­pli­ance with a list of sweep­ing de­mands while re­frain­ing for now from im­pos­ing more puni­tive mea­sures against the Gulf state.

It was the sec­ond meet­ing for the for­eign min­is­ters of Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Egypt and Bahrain since the coun­tries cut diplo­matic ties and trans­port links with Qatar on June 5.

The quar­tet ac­cuses Qatar of sup­port­ing ex­trem­ists and in­ter­fer­ing in the af­fairs of other Arab states. Qatar de­nies the charges and sees them as po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

Bahrain’s For­eign Min­is­ter read a state­ment by the min­is­ters that said the bloc was still in­sis­tent that Qatar com­ply with a list of 13 de­mands the coun­tries had pre­vi­ously is­sued.

The list in­cludes de­mands that Qatar stop ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing, but also that it shut down its flag­ship Al Jazeera news net­work, which the quar­tet says has been used by Qatar to pro­mote its poli­cies. Other de­mands in­clude clos­ing a Turk­ish mil­i­tary base in Qatar, lim­it­ing ties with Iran, ex­pelling Is­lamist po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion fig­ures and pay­ing resti­tu­tion for vic­tims of ter­ror­ism that the quar­tet links to Qatar.

Qatar re­jects the list as an af­front to its sovereignty, but it has vowed to com­bat ter­ror­ism fi­nanc­ing and in re­cent weeks is­sued a de­cree re­vis­ing the coun­try’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism laws.

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