A list of demands submitted by four Arab countries over a diplomatic row which is threatening to tear up the Gulf of Arab nations has been declared not ‘reasonable or actionable’ after review by Qatar.
According to a report by the state-run Qatar News Agency, the demands issued by Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries have been dismissed by Doha after it was thoroughly reviewed by it’s ministry of foreign affairs.
“This list of demands confirms what Qatar has said from the beginning – the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combating terrorism, it is about limiting Qatar’s sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy,” Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani, director of the Qatari government’s communications office, said in a statement on Friday.
“The US secretary of state recently called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was ‘reasonable and actionable’. The British foreign secretary asked that the demands be ‘measured and realistic.’ This list does not satisfy that criteria.”
Two days ago, Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly held talks via phone with leaders of Saudi Arabia, King Salman and its new crown prince to seek ways to end the diplomatic row between Qatar and Gulf of Arab states.
Reports say the leaders agreed to increase efforts to end tension related to Qatar, sources from Erdogan’s office said on Thursday.
“Agreement was reached on increasing efforts towards ending tension in the region related to Qatar,” a source said in a statement.
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