List of demands on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, other Arab nations

Saudi Arabia and its allies presented Qatar with a list of steep demands to end the crisis that has roiled the Gulf for nearly three weeks, as diplomats predicted the tiny Gulf state would likely refuse to comply.

"I can say that the Turkish base in Qatar is for the training of Qatari soldiers and for the security of Qatar and the region".

The Reuters news agency reported that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had sent Qatar the list - which includes a demand to shut down the Al Jazeera news network - and had given the country 10 days to comply with the demands.

"If there is such a demand, it will mean interference in bilateral ties" between Ankara and Doha, Isik said stressing that Turkey's military presence in Qatar should be seen as a benefit for the whole Gulf since it is a value for "security of Qatar and the region".

Confirming the development, a senior official of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) told the Business Standard: "India's fruit and vegetables exports to Qatar have increased in the last two weeks probably due to halt in their exports from Doha's neighbouring countries".

Qatar must also stop the practice of granting citizenship to individuals wanted by other Arab nations.

Turkey's military support for Qatar has been matched by stepped-up commercial links.

Meanwhile, Isik said he will meet with his US counterpart James Mattis next week on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels and discuss Pentagon's arming Syrian Kurdish militia.

US President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance on Qatar, accusing it of being a "high level" sponsor of terrorism, but he has also offered help to the parties in the dispute to resolve their differences.

— Shut down Al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations. Qatar's government has said it won't negotiate until Arab nations lift their blockade.

Underscoring the growing seriousness of the crisis, state-run Qatar Petroleum acknowledged early Friday that some critically important employees "may have been asked to postpone" trips overseas "for operational reasons" as a result of the embargo.

Gargash denounced Al Jazeera, but did not elaborate on whether closing the network is among the demands for ending the diplomatic impasse.

He also accused the blockading countries of seeking to drive a wedge between Qatar and the United States for their own political gain.

"Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda", Isik said. The Middle East Eye is not funded by Qatar, a spokesman for the British company said.

Qatar's neighbors are also demanding that it hand over all individuals who are wanted by those four countries for terrorism; stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the USA; and provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded, ostensibly in Saudi Arabia and the other nations. "But more important, Qatar has been providing vital support to the opposition in Syria - which is battling against government forces allied with Iran".

Although in his interview, Gargash repeated ambiguous accusations about Doha supporting terrorism, he also mentioned specific groups in Libya, including Shura Benghazi - a coalition of Islamist militias that include factions blacklisted by the US. In 2002, its coverage of a Saudi peace plan with Israel led Saudi Arabia to yank its ambassador from Qatar.

The Iran provisions in the document say Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, kick out from Qatar any members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US and global sanctions. 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.

— Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year.

If Qatar agreed to the conditions its compliance would be closely monitored for 10 years.


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