Arab states an­gry over Qatar’s dis­missal of their de­mands

The Western Star - - World -

CAIRO — Four Arab na­tions seek­ing to iso­late Qatar over its al­leged sup­port for ex­trem­ist groups were an­gered Wed­nes­day by what they said was a “neg­a­tive” re­sponse by the tiny Gulf na­tion to their de­mands for end­ing the cri­sis roil­ing the re­gion.

Doha’s re­sponse, they said, was “not se­ri­ous” and be­trayed Qatar’s “fail­ure” to re­al­ize the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lowed a meet­ing by for­eign min­is­ters from the four na­tions — Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, the United Arab Emi­rates and Bahrain — in Cairo, shortly af­ter they said they had re­ceived Doha’s re­ply.

The four ac­cuse Qatar of sup­port­ing ter­ror groups and also of main­tain­ing close re­la­tions with Shi­ite power Iran — Saudi Ara­bia’s neme­sis. They also say Qatar must stop med­dling in their af­fairs.

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