Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

UAE Warns of 'Parting of Ways' If Qatar Doesn't Accept Demands

Tillerson said in a statement Sunday that several of the demands Saudi Arabia and the other countries have placed on Qatar "will be very hard to meet".

"While some of the elements will be very hard for Qatar to meet, there are significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to resolution", Tillerson said, urging the countries to "sit together and continue this conversation".

The four countries also want Qatar to reduce its ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base, setting a deadline on Friday of 10 days, BBC added.

The US State Department had expressed in a Wednesday statement that "the list of demands will soon be presented to Qatar and will be reasonable and actionable".

But Qatar on Saturday rejected the demands as unrealistic, calling the blockade "illegal".

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"Iran's air space, ground and sea will be always be open to Qatar as a. friendly nation", said Rouhani, and that the two nations' cooperation will remain "continuous".

The Arab states are demanding, among other things, that Doha close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and also pay reparations.

"A lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension", he added.

Turkey's president has described as disrespectful a demand by Saudi Arabia and its allies that it withdraw its troops from Qatar as a step towards ending a deepening dispute with the besieged Gulf state.

The top United States diplomat also said Washington was backing mediation efforts by Kuwait aimed at defusing the crisis and urged the different sides to "sit together" and continue discussing.

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Turkey has been a powerful and outspoken regional ally of Qatar after the Arab countries cut diplomatic ties.

"Just like the presence of other foreign military bases or units in other countries of the region, our military presence in Qatar is principally based on a decision taken by the two countries relying on their sovereign rights", ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said. Qatar was given a ten day window to comply with the demands.

The Qatari emir, for his part, extended his congratulations to the Iranian president on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Erdoğan came fully out in support of Qatar during a speech on Sunday, calling the demands laid out by the other gulf states for lifting the blockade a breach of global law.

That claim contradicts the UAE's ambassador to Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, who told Fox News the charges of Qatar supporting extremists had been raised in a meeting three years ago chaired by the late Saudi King Abdullah.

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