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Gulf crisis: UAE accuses Qatar of ‘leaking’ list of 13 demands

The Arab states also demanded that Qatar make a declaration against terrorist groups including Daesh and al-Qaeda, halt funding to those organizations, and hand over any individuals from those organizations in the country.Accusing Qatar of supporting extremists and Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have suspended diplomatic ties and severed air links, among other measures.Those countries have now given Qatar 10 days to comply with all of the demands, which include paying an unspecified sum in compensation.Refuse to naturalize the citizens of the Arab States and expel those who are in Qatar now, so that Qatar “no longer interferes in the internal affairs of the states”.The list demanded Qatar to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and to kick members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard out of Qatar and cut off any joint military cooperation with Iran.Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year.With just days to decide, Qatar on Friday weighed an onerous list of demands by its neighbors as a way out of a regional crisis, and a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze unless it is willing to acquiesce. Trade and commerce with Iran must comply with USA and global sanctions in a manner that does not jeopardise the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and armed factions opposed by the U.A.E. or Saudi Arabia in Libya and Syria. Freeze their assets, and provide any desired information about their residency, movements and finances.The demands from the Saudis, the Emiratis, the Egyptians and the Bahrainis amount to a call for a sweeping overhaul of Qatar’s foreign policy and natural gas-funded influence peddling in the region. If Al Jazeera violated something, anyone could sue it – in a Qatari court or in [a court of] any other country, it is the legitimate right of every person harmed by the media.Saudi Arabia has also banned Qatar Airways from operating in the country, with Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority withdrawing Qatar’s licence to land and fly in the country.”I have not seen this request formally yet, but it might mean intervention in bilateral relations”, he said, according to private broadcaster NTV.”Strengthening the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf’s security”, he said.”Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda”.Al Jazeera reported that the list was presented to Qatar by neighbouring Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator in the crisis.Qatar officials say they will respond to the demand, later on Friday.”They are impossible to be met because they interfere in Qatar’s foreign policy and Qatar considers its foreign policy a sovereign matter that is nonnegotiable, he said”.