Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Qatar given two-day extension to meet demands from Gulf neighbours

Qatar given two-day extension to meet demands from Gulf neighbours

A handout picture released by the Emiri Diwan in Kuwait on July 3, 2017, shows Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (R) receiving Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani at Kuwait International Airport.

Al Jazeera, a Doha-funded broadcaster, has also condemned the demands and has said they are "nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region".

"There is no fear".

One punishment reportedly being mulled is suspending Qatar from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a bloc allied with the United States, according to Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel.

The president spoke Sunday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, as well as Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, according to a White House readout of the calls.

He yesterday met German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, who is on a tour of Arab states and said his country did not perceive the 13 demands as infringing on Qatar's sovereignty.

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"The message is about the reply which was prepared earlier by the State of Qatar on the list of collective demands submitted by the State of Kuwait at the end of last month", QNA added.

The summit brings together leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also described the feud as an "artificially-created crisis" and said the 13 demands its neighbors had imposed on Qatar were too stiff for any country to accept. No reason was given for the abrupt cancellation but sources in Riyadh say the diplomatic standoff with Qatar is one of the reasons for the cancellation.

Qatar's Gulf critics accuse Al Jazeera of being a platform for extremists and an agent of interference in their affairs.

On Wednesday, the foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will meet in Cairo in order to discuss the situation with Qatar.

Further demands insist that Qatar cut ties with all "terrorist organizations", including the Muslim Brotherhood and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

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