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Close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran. Arab States Issue List of Demands to End Crisis With Qatar
Jun 23, 2017
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Close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran.  Arab States Issue List of Demands to End Crisis With Qatar

 

Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply.

 

Egypt and other Arab countries that have severed their diplomatic ties to Qatar issued a list of demands on Thursday in order to mend their relations back with the tiny Gulf state and end the crisis. The demands include cutting back Qatar’s diplomatic ties to Iran.

 

Kuwait, which mediated to end the crisis but was not a part of, handed Qatar the list of demands from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE. The demands also include shuttering the Qatari media outlet “Al-Jazeera”, ending the military presence of Turkey in Qatar and ending any military cooperation with it, according to the Associated Press.

 

After these countries had cut their ties with Qatar earlier this month, Turkey reportedly stepped in with aid for Qatar.

 

The boycotting countries also demanded that Qatar terminates its relations with terrorist groups and stop supporting and funding them.

 


Qatar's state-funded satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera became hugely popular across the Middle East, but has long infuriated Arab governments used to exercising firm control over the media in their countries. Jazeera hit back at the closure order, calling it "nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region"

 

Egypt and the boycotting countries gave Qatar 10 days to comply.


 

Earlier this month, 10 countries have cut their ties to Qatar over allegations of funding terrorist groups and destabilizing the region, a claim that Qatar repeatedly denied. It also called the accusations “unjustified”.

 

The UAE went as far as to criminalize any form of sympathy with Qatar, threatening sympathizers with jail terms of up to 15 years and an AED 500 thousand fine.