Iranian President Says Siege of Qatar Unacceptable

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

Tillerson urged each of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, as well as Qatar, to sit down together in order to reach a solution to the ongoing crisis.

Tillerson said Qatar was reviewing the requests and they would provide a basis for continuing talks but admitted some would be "very hard for Qatar to meet".

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". "It's very hard for us to maintain a collective grouping with one of the partners.actively promoting what is an extremist and terrorist agenda".

The U.S. says some of the demands by four Arab countries as conditions to lift the sanctions over Qatar would be hard for Doha to meet.

Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera TV, which is funded by the Qatari government.

"If Qatar follows the path of wisdom. we would need a system of guarantees and controls" in order to implement an accord with Doha, he said, calling for "European and American guarantees". In the past three weeks, Turkey has sent 100 cargo planes with supplies, as the four Arab nations have also cut all land, sea and air links to the country.

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"We approve and appreciate the attitude of Qatar against the list of 13 demands", Erdogan, speaking outside a mosque in Istanbul, said.

The demands from the Saudis, the Emiratis, the Egyptians and the Bahrainis amount to a call for a sweeping overhaul of Qatar's foreign policy and natural gas-funded influence peddling in the region. The conflict between the Arab countries and Qatar should be settled by diplomatic means on the basis of balance of interests, a high-ranking source at the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS on Saturday.

Addressing Turkey's involvement in Qatar, which stemmed from a bilateral defence agreement made in 2014 and ratified recently, Dr Gargash said: "The Turks left Qatar over a century ago and now have returned".

The dispute erupted when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and others broke ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of backing extremism.

"If Saudi Arabia wants us to have a base there, a step toward this also can be taken", Erdogan stated, according to Hurriyet.

The top USA 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. Mr Erdogan said the list of demands were "disrespectful" and "an attack on Qatar's sovereign right".

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