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List of demands on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, other Arab nations

24 June 2017

Ben Evansky reports for Fox News on the United Nations and worldwide affairs.

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

Qatar has already said its ability to shape its own foreign policy and its relationship with Al Jazeera are not on the table.

These factors appear to have made the ruling family more reluctant to continue pumping vast resources into al-Jazeera, with Sheikh Tamim preferring a different approach to diplomacy from his father's. It shocked some viewers by putting Israeli spokespeople on the air when it covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Qatar must reduce diplomatic representation with Iran. Qatar is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, although it could lose that status to Australia soon.

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Popular uprisings during the Arab Spring further complicated the network's editorial position. "There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and the agreement with Turkey is a long-standing diplomatic agreement so we can not ask them to leave". Other allies, including Egypt and Bahrain, followed.

Qatar says the list of 13 demands put forward by the Gulf nations and Egypt as a precondition for the resumption of diplomatic ties and much needed economic relief is neither "reasonable" nor "realistic", and infringes on the country's sovereignty and foreign policy. When asked about a date for the possible summit, the senior White House official told Fox News the "iron is still hot" after the president's "Islamist extremism" speech last month in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. Qatar denies they are there.

Khazen said the decision to punish citizens was a "huge violation of freedom of speech and information that could have serious implications". QNA immediately retracted what it termed "fake news", and following an investigation, said the channel had been hacked by "neighboring" states which then used the QNA report as a pretext to impose the economic blockade.

Qatar's neighbors also demand that it hand over all individuals who are wanted by those four countries for terrorism; stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the USA; and provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded, ostensibly in Saudi Arabia and the other nations.

Kuwait has tried to mediate.

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UAE's State Minister for Foreign Affairs urged Qatar to meet the demands.

"Some of what [Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states are] asking for. expelling members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and shutting down Al-Jazeera. those are pretty big asks", he says - not to mention demands that Qatar cut ties with Iran.

At the top of the list of demands is for Qatar to end relations with Iran, which Saudi Arabia regards as it chief rival for regional dominance. Iranian media are reporting that the country will send "humanitarian aid" shipments to Doha. Qatar has had to plug the gap with supplies from Turkey and Iran that come by airand sea. "The base in Qatar is both a Turkish base and one that will preserve the security of Qatar and the region", he said.

Other nations, like Turkey, have stood up for Qatar. But he has not weighed in for almost two weeks, and Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, both supporters of Qatar as a US partner, are now the lead policymakers on the issue.

Turkey has sided with Qatar in the dispute, and its parliament has ratified legislation allowing the deployment of Turkish troops to the base.

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