UAE says will not back down in dispute if Qatar declines to cooperate
The countries' ultimatum to Doha includes closing Al Jazeera television, curbing ties with Iran, shutting a Turkish base and paying reparations, demands so far-reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply.
“This is our list of demands from Qatar. They’re (demands) are all important. This is a consistent pattern of behavior that affects all of us," the UAE ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, told Reuters.
"We would hope that Qatar reacts by engaging and not by leaking documents and trying to have this litigated in public." If Qatar does not engage, "things will stay at the status quo, things will stay as they are," he said.
Kuwait has reportedly given Doha a steep list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies boycotting Qatar in an attempt to end the unprecedented diplomatic crisis unfolding in the Persian Gulf region.
News agencies said Friday they had obtained a copy of the 13-point list from one of the countries involved in the row. The list was given to Doha on Thursday by Kuwait, which has been mediating between the two sides of the dispute.
According to the list, the Saudi-led bloc of countries wants Qatar to shut down the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran, close down a Turkish military base in Qatar and pay an unspecified sum in compensation.
Doha is also urged to align itself politically, economically and otherwise with the Saudi-led [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council.
The Saudi regime and its allies also require Qatar to cut all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS. Qatar is given 10 days to look into the demands and comply with them. ■