Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Iran's president condemns 'siege' of Qatar by Arab nations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan said on Sunday he backed Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Arab states boycotting the Gulf emirate, and said calls for a Turkish military base there to close were disrespectful.

"The siege of Qatar is unacceptable to us..." Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have meanwhile kept up their barrage of accusations and look set to maintain the blockade indefinitely, even hinting at unspecified further measures. "If Saudi Arabia wants us to have base there, a step toward this also can be taken", he told reporters.

In their apparent bid to secure U.S. support and that of Israel, Riyadh, Manama, Cairo and Abu Dhabi suspended all land, air and sea traffic with Qatar, expelled its diplomats and ordered Qatari citizens to leave their countries.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties and transportation links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism, a charge that Doha denied.

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Kuwait handed the list of collective demands to Doha on Thursday, according to the official Qatari news agency QNA.

The United States said the demands on Qatar by its Mideast neighbors "will be very hard to meet".

"Helping Qatar economically and developing ties, particularly in the private sectors of both countries, could be a common goal", Rouhani said on Sunday.

A Turkish foreign ministry statement Sunday reiterated that the deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar contributed to regional security and was not aimed at a specific country.

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They have since issued 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran, shutting a Turkish base and paying reparations. An air force contingent was also envisaged, it said.

Speaking outside a mosque after prayers, Erdogan said he would continue his planned program despite feeling briefly unwell.

Erdogan spoke to journalists after experiencing a diabetes-related blood pressure problem during prayers marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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