Demands of Saudi an attack to Qatar's sovereignty: Erdogan

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#UPDATE Erdogan says Saudi-led ultimatum on Qatar "against worldwide law" https://t.co/2izqO6ba6K #QatarCrisis pic.twitter.com/UvOfPSls0b- AFP news agency (@AFP) 25 juin 2017 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain imposed a boycott on June 5 on Qatar and issued 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran, shutting the Turkish base and paying reparations. We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal, which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism.

Qatar on June 24 called the demands "unreasonable".

"A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation", Tillerson said in a statement.

His spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday the United States was "mystified" that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies had failed to present details justifying their embargo on Qatar.

Erdogan also said that it would not entertain a demand by the four Arab nations that Turkey should shut down its military base in Qatar.

And in televised comments broadcast on Qatari state television, Mohamed al-Musfir, a political science lecturer at Qatar University, described the ultimatum as "ridiculous", urging Doha to reject it.

Erdogan demanded. "No offence, but Turkey is not such an ordinary country". "Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda".

Anwar Gargash, the UAE's state minister for foreign affairs, said Qatar should yield to the demands.

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The director of Qatar's Government Communication Office, Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al-Thani, said the demands confirm what Qatar has said from the beginning. Kuwait is helping mediate the dispute.

Staff members of Al Jazeera International work at the news studio in Doha, Qatar.

"If Qatar follows the path of wisdom. we would need a system of guarantees and controls" in order to implement an accord with Doha, he said, calling for "European and American guarantees".

Al Jazeera said any call to close down the network is an attempt to silence freedom of expression in the region.

The GCC, or Gulf Cooperation Council, includes Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as Qatar. Complying would bring Qatar's policies in line with the regional vision of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East's biggest economy and gatekeeper of Qatar's only land border. Tillerson had previously insisted any demands be "reasonable and actionable".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Friday that any conditions placed on Qatar should be "measured and realistic".

However, the Arab states involved in the crisis are all close allies of the U.S., while the largest USA base in the Middle East is in Qatar.

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