Rival Gulf states give Qatar 10 days to close Al Jazeera

The Saudi regime and its allies also require Qatar to cut all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups, including al-Qaeda and Daesh.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.Qatar’s foreign minister on June 19 said his country wouldn’t bargain away what it sees as its sovereign rights and called on the Saudi alliance to conduct negotiations in a “civilized way”, after first lifting the blockade.Later in June, several African countries cut relations with Qatar and others downgraded ties.Qatar faces a choice of either stability and prosperity, or isolation, he said.The acting managing director of Al-Jazeera’s English language service on Friday denounced demands by Gulf Arab states involved in a dispute with Qatar for the network’s shutdown as an attempt to suppress free expression.On Friday, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik tried to allay criticism of the Turkish base in Qatar and warned against intervention.The details of the demands emerged just over a day after Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has led the effort to isolate Qatar, was named as heir to throne, adding to his already sweeping powers.”We cannot expect an end to the crisis, solutions are not yet developed and the countries besieged Qatar have not provided any clear reasons for the steps they have taken”, he said.Wanted individuals residing in Qatar must be returned to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt.Four Arab Gulf states embroiled in a diplomatic row with Qatar over its alleged links to Islamic extremist groups have issued their neighbour with a list of steep demands in a bid to end the crisis.Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt supplied a list of 13 demands to Qatar in order to move forward in ending the recent Gulf fallout.”It does seem as if this is Saudi Arabia bullying its tiny neighbor and ganging up on it”, analyst Greg Barton of Australia’s Deakin University told Turkey’s state-funded TRT World.Ankara deployed troops to Qatar in a show of support for its ally following the outbreak of the diplomatic crisis.Quoting sources, Al-Jazeera reported that a list had been delivered to Qatar, but the broadcaster did not elaborate on its contents. Those umbrella groups also appear on the list of entities whose ties with Qatar must be extinguished, along with Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the al-Qaida branch in Syria, once known as the Nusra Front.To pay an unspecified amount as “compensation”. They have also insisted on imposing a monitoring mechanism which would report regularly on Qatar’s compliance with the demands.