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Turkey Stands by Qatar in Ongoing Crisis

The Reuters news agency reported that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had given Qatar 10 days to comply with the list, citing an official from one of those four countries. CNN Money reported this month that Standard & Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating as investors pulled out their money in response to the breakdown in diplomatic ties. “No one should be uncomfortable by this”, he told Turkish channel NTV on Friday.Immediate closure of Turkish military base that’s being established in Qatar, and stop all military cooperation with Turkey inside Qatar.”We in the network believe that any call for closing down Al-Jazeera is nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region and to suppress people’s right to information”, the broadcaster said in a statement.”The government had already taken the necessary measures and precautions to ensure that normal life continues”, a statement from the Qatari Cabinet said.Qatar today said it has dismissed a list of demands received from Saudi Arabia-led bock as neither reasonable or actionable, but said it is reviewing the document and preparing “an appropriate response”.The route between Doha, Qatar and Dubai is popular among business travellers and both are major transit hubs for travellers between Asia and Europe.Under Qatari law, foreigners working in the country must secure their employer’s consent to receive an exit permit allowing them to leave.The nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic.Qatar should officially reduce its diplomatic representation with Iran and close down its offices in the country; all members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and those linked to them must depart Qatar; dealing with Iran should be restricted to commercial exchange allowed under global and USA sanctions and those that don’t harm the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council; cut off any military or intelligence cooperation with Iran.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain broke ties with Qatar this month over allegations the Persian Gulf country funds terrorism – an accusation that President Donald Trump has echoed.A senior UAE government official accused Qatar of leaking the list in an attempt to undermine mediation efforts and regional stability.QATAR POSITION: Qatar denies it aids terrorist groups.His spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday the United States was “mystified” that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies had failed to present details justifying their embargo on Qatar.Qatar also has to hand over all individuals who are wanted by those four countries for terrorism and stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by these countries.Turkey, which has long tried to play the role of regional mediator, has backed Qatar in the dispute but is also wary of upsetting its other allies, including Saudi Arabia.An optimist might hope the other Sunni states have seen the error of their ways and intend to clean up their acts after reaching an agreement with Qatar, but that degree of optimism is hard to come by in the Middle East. Under the 2015 nuclear deal, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were eased but other sanctions remain in place.The demands also targeted Qatar’s relationship with Iran.Yet resisting the demands could prove hard. The network’s critics say it advances Qatar’s goals by promoting Islamist movements like the Muslim Brotherhood that pose a populist threat to rulers in other Arab countries.Al-Jazeera, one of the most influential and controversial news organizations in the Middle East, has always been a point of political tension.Qatar, home to about 10,000 USA troops and the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, criticized the move as a “violation of its sovereignty”.