Erdogan says ultimatum on Qatar 'against international law'


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would give its official response to Kuwait, which has been acting as the mediator between Qatar and its neighbours.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Qatar's neighbours should make their demands "reasonable and actionable". Al Thani noted that the demands do not meet the USA and United Kingdom criteria for "reasonable and realistic measures". But Qatari officials didn't budge from their previous insistence that they won't sit down with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations to negotiate an end to the crisis while under siege.

"This approach of 13 demands is against worldwide law because you can not attack or intervene in the sovereignty of a country", he added.

"We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats and fear-mongering", it said in a statement.

The Emirati ambassador to the United States says that Qatar will remain cut off from its neighbors if it refuses to consent to their list of demands.

State-run Qatar Petroleum says that some critically important employees "may have been asked to postpone" trips overseas "for operational reasons" as a result of the embargo by Gulf Arab states against Qatar. And Qatar's support for the Arab Spring uprisings and for the Muslim Brotherhood have angered countries including Egypt.

Qatar's neighbors insisted the list of demands was their bottom line, not a starting point for negotiations.

Thani said the demands are not "reasonable and actionable" - two criteria laid down by the U.S. State Department this week in an attempt to mediate the dispute. Should Qatar agree to the deal, Gargash called for USA and European Union involvement in monitoring its compliance.

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But the UAE said that the Qatar blockade could turn into a "divorce" if the list of demands are not taken seriously.

Erdoğan said Turkey had offered to set up a military base in Saudi Arabia as well as Qatar, but Riyadh had not responded.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain also want Qatar to pay reparations, stop funding terrorist groups including Hezbollah and ISIS and and stop interfering in the four countries' domestic and foreign affairs.

Washington, which is a close military ally of countries on both sides of the dispute, had called for a resolution. CBS points out that some of the states aligned against Qatar are themselves guilty of supporting extremist groups, so there could be a degree of projection or distraction involved in making Qatar suffer for their mutual sins.

To stem the flow of negative reactions Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain took steps to curb their citizens from expressing opinions that opposed their policies.

He also denied his country supported "any terrorist organisation".

On the demands list was that Qatar sever diplomatic ties with Iran, kick members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard out of Qatar and cease any joint military cooperation with Iran, Xinhua news agency reported. Qatar shares a massive offshore natural gas field with Iran which supplies the small nation that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup its wealth.