Minister says demands made ‘to be rejected’
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.