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Senior GOP senator seeks ‘path’ for resolving Qatar crisis

They have issued 13-demands to Qatar, including shuttering al-Jazeera, reducing relations with Iran and cutting ties with political Islamist groups.Speaking to The Hill, a Qatari defense spokesman said, “I know President Trump is a good man”.The four countries also demanded that Qatar end its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaida and Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.Qatar said the demands confirmed “what Qatar has said from the beginning – the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combating terrorism, it is about limiting Qatar’s sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy”.In a sign of support, the Turkish parliament swiftly ratified a 2014 military agreement with Qatar earlier this month, allowing the deployment of troops to its base there.”These moves should not be seen as being directed against anyone”, he said, adding that Turkey was just working to meet the daily needs of the Qatari people.Qatar on Saturday denounced a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis as unreasonable and an impingement on the emirate’s sovereignty.Shut down Al Jazeera Network and its affiliated stations and all state owned media outlets.”There can not be such an attack on countries’ sovereignty rights in global law”.”NHRC noted that Qatar’s acceptance of these demands and conditions would subject the country to global accountability and violate its obligations on human rights conventions”.Pay reparations for loss of life and other financial losses caused by Qatar’s recent policies.Riyadh, along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar over allegations that it funds terrorism – an accusation Doha rejects but that President Donald Trump has echoed.Time Frame: All these demands have to be agreed in 10 days or will be voided.However, many say it’s unlikely the nation will give in to the deal.The German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel likened the crisis to an Arabic House of Cards, adding the demands being made of Qatar were provocative.The United States said the demands on Qatar by its Mideast neighbors “will be very hard to meet”. It will lead to some sort of confrontation. “A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension”.The gas-rich nation is home to the United States’ largest worldwide air force base and over 10 thousand troops. This hardline stance goes against both Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary Tillerson’s more diplomatic calls for an equitable solution among the Gulf States and their associates. “Our desire is for unity within the gulf and that we redirect all our efforts against terror in the region”, said Tillerson.