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Turkey rejects Gulf Arab states’ demands over its Qatar base

Four Arab states now boycotting Qatar for allegedly supporting terorrism have sent the country a lot of 13 demands, according to one of the countres’ officials who spoke to Reuters. Reuters cited an official from one of the four Arab countries. It includes conditions that the gas-rich nation already has insisted it would never meet, including closing down Al-Jazeera.- Halt the development of a Turkish military base in the country. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-led nations have accused Qatar of inappropriately close ties to Iran, a Shiite-led country and Saudi Arabia’s regional foe.- Cut ties to terrorist organizations.The demands also call on Qatar to stop giving citizenship to wanted nationals from the four countries and revoke it for existing nationals from those countries where it violates their laws.Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said Turkish exports to Qatar have tripled since the four Arab countries began boycotting the Gulf state earlier this month.Qatar is yet to comment on the demands, although officials have previously said that they will not negotiate until the blockade is lifted.Turkey on Friday rejected a key demand by several Arab states involved in a major dispute with Qatar, saying Ankara has no plans to shut down its military base in the small Gulf country.”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. 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.Qatar’s government, for its part, is denying the allegations that it funds and harbors terrorists.Other demands pressed Qatar to “stop interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs”, to give an unspecified amount of compensation to the countries who presented the demands, to honor the Riyadh agreements of 2013 and 2014 and to shut down all other media supported by Qatar.Turkey has sided with Qatar in the dispute and its parliament has ratified legislation allowing the deployment of Turkish troops to the base.Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash made the accusation on Twitter on Friday.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.- Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid.These audits will occur monthly for the first year after the demands are agreed to. Earlier this week, U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson had insisted Qatar’s neighbours provide a list of demands that was “reasonable and actionable”.”The more time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE”. Qatar has been isolated by a number of Arab and African states for its alleged support of terrorism and Iran.Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday that the Turkish base aims to train Qatari soldiers and increase the tiny Persian Gulf nation’s security.Not only must Qatar shut down the Doha-based satellite broadcaster, the list says, but also all of its affiliates. Stop granting citizenship to people who hold citizenship in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.Saudi Arabia has severed all land, sea and air links with Qatar, and Qatar Airlines has had to cancel or reroute some flights that usually use the airspace of the boycotting nations.Saudi Arabia and other states closed land borders with Qatar on 5 June, expelling its citizens from their territory and banning its national carrier from its airspace.