Qatar says Saudi-led ultimatum unreasonable

According to a report by the state-run Qatar News Agency, the demands issued by Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries have been dismissed by Doha after it was thoroughly reviewed by it's ministry of foreign affairs.

Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain has presented a list of 13 demands to Qatar in return for ending the blockade of the country. Al Thani noted that the demands do not meet the USA and United Kingdom criteria for "reasonable and realistic measures".

The anti-Qatar coalition has isolated the tiny Arab nation for almost a month now, cutting off its only land passage, which leads into Saudi Arabia, and essential shipments of food and other products.

Turkey's president said his country "admires and embraces" Qatar's attitude, while slamming the demands by arguing they contradict global law. "It is a breach of Qatar's sovereignty rights".

The U.S. State Department did not comment on the list of demands on June 23, but the White House appeared to distance itself from the dispute, calling it a "family issue" that should be sorted out among the Arab states. And Qatar's support for the Arab Spring uprisings and for the Muslim Brotherhood have angered countries including Egypt.

"It would be wiser that (Qatar) deal seriously with the demands and concerns of the neighbors or a divorce will take place", he wrote on Twitter.

Isik said Turkey's presence in Qatar should be seen as a benefit for the whole Gulf.

Referring to the ultimatum, Gargash said "the alternative is not escalation", but the "parting of ways", adding that it is "very hard for [the UAE and its allies] to maintain a collective grouping".

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Erdoğan said Turkey had also offered to establish a military base in Saudi Arabia but "never received a clear answer".

As the crisis continues to unfold, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani to discuss the matter.

"We in the network believe that any call for closing down Al-Jazeera is nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region and to suppress people's right to information", said the broadcaster.

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 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. Hand over all files detailing Qatar's prior contacts with and support for those opposition groups.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told reporters in Dubai on Saturday that his country and its allies - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain - do not want "regime change" in Qatar, but "behavioural change".

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

Qatar's main import routes - by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from container ships docked in the UAE - have been disrupted, and much of the surrounding airspace has been closed to its air traffic.

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