Min­is­ter says de­mands made ‘to be re­jected’

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

De­mands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were de­signed to be re­jected, Doha’s for­eign min­is­ter claimed Satur­day, say­ing the ul­ti­ma­tum was aimed not at tack­ling ter­ror­ism but at cur­tail­ing his coun­try’s sovereignty.

“This list of de­mands is made to be re­jected. It’s not meant to be ac­cepted or . . . to be ne­go­ti­ated,” said Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man al-Thani, while speak­ing to re­porters in Rome.

He was speak­ing ahead of a dead­line set by Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to ac­cept 13 de­mands, in­clud­ing sev­er­ing ties with ter­ror­ist groups, clos­ing down the PanArab Al Jazeera satel­lite chan­nel, down­grad­ing ties with Iran and clos­ing a Turk­ish air base in Qatar.

Arab states have said the de­mands are not ne­go­tiable and warned that fur­ther un­spec­i­fied mea­sures will fol­low if Qatar does not com­ply.

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