Shut down Al-Jazeera: One of 13 Demands by Saudi to Qatar

Kristopher Drake
June 26, 2017

Turkey will not close its military base in Qatar, Turkish Defense Minister said on Friday in reply to a demand by four Arab countries to end boycott against Doha.

It comes almost three weeks after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed a tight blockade on Qatar, their neighbour in the Gulf.

It must also deliver individuals accused of terrorism in those four countries and stop funding groups that are designated as terrorist by the United States.

The embargo has been co-ordinated by the Saudis along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. Qatar has been given 10 days to comply with the demands.

Before the list was presented, Qatar's foreign minister said his country won't discuss internal issues with the Saudi-led alliance, and would limit any talks on demands to those concerning the "collective security" of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Since Qatar's only land routes are through Saudi Arabia it is now exclusively relying on sea and air transport for supplies, and Turkey has sent over 100 cargo planes to Qatar with supplies.

— Pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other, financial losses caused by Qatar's policies in recent years.

Kuwait said the list has not been sanctioned by either Qatar or Kuwait, which has been trying to mediate between the two sides.

Turkey has continued to support Qatar throughout the boycott, sending troops to the country, and Iran has sent food supplies.

The bloc also this week indicated that they will maintain the air, sea and land blockades if Qatar insists on defying its neighbors' demands to freeze terrorist funding.

On June 5, the four countries severed diplomatic ties and transportation links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry announced that the decisions to cut diplomatic ties were unjustified and based on false claims and assumptions. The increasingly poisonous rift has split much of the region, elicited confused responses from the United States, a close ally to every party in the dispute, and revealed divides within the Trump administration.

If Qatar agrees to comply, the list asserts that it will be audited once a month for the first year, and then once per quarter in the second year after it takes effect.

The gas-rich Persian Gulf kingdom must shut down all affiliates and other news outlets that it allegedly funds, including Arabi21, Rassd, al-Araby al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye, as well.

The four Arab nations called on Qatar to sever ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Jabhat Fateh al Sham.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA hoped the list of demands, once released, would be "reasonable and actionable".

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