Qatar responds to demands from four Arab nations

Doha, Qatar (CNN)The four Arab states in a diplomatic standoff with Qatar say they have received a response from Doha to their list of demands, according to Saudi Arabian state media.

Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic relations and cut off land, sea and air travel to Qatar last month, accusing the country of funding terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East. Qatar has rejected those accusations.
The country had until Wednesday to reply to a list of 13 stipulations after the four-country bloc had agreed to extend the initial deadline by 48 hours.
    The demands included the closure of the Al Jazeera media network, a reduction in diplomatic ties with Iran and the halting of a Turkish military base in Qatar.
    The Qatari response was handed over by Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator in the dispute.

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    It’s not known how many of the demands, if any, Qatar has agreed to meet, but Qatar’s foreign minister has previously said the list had obligations that couldn’t be met and was “made to be rejected.”
    Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called the coalition’s list of demands “non-negotiable.”
    Mohammed Gargash Anwar, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, told CNN on Sunday that any future agreement with Qatar must be monitored by US and European states to ensure Al Jazeera and others did not incite terrorism or extremism, and that terror groups were not aided politically by or from Qatar.
    The dispute is likely to exacerbate fissures in the tenuous alliances that shape Middle East politics, analysts say. One of the key demands from the Arab bloc was for Qatar to reduce its ties with Iran, an adversary of Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states.
    Weeks after the spat surfaced, Saudi King Salman named his son, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, as the heir to the throne.
    Mohammed bin Salman is currently the country’s defense minister and is believed to favor a more confrontational approach against Iran.
    The dispute also has ramifications for the United States, which has a large military base in Qatar.

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