Erdogan rejects Arab demands to remove Turkish troops from Qatar


Qatar said early Saturday it has received a list of demands by the four countries to end their blockade on the Gulf country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday welcomed Qatar's dismissal of a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies and said the ultimatum was "against global law".

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.

"The state of Qatar is now studying this paper, the demands contained therein and the foundations on which they were based, in order to prepare an appropriate response to it and hand it over to the state of Kuwait", the Qatar News Agency said, citing a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The 13-point list of demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE, which Doha has said are not reasonable or actionable, include closing Al Jazeera television network, curbing ties with Iran, shutting a Turkish base and paying reparations.

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

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Qatar has 10 days to accept the demands, it said. Al-Jazeera, one of the largest news organisations in the world, responded to the demands by saying it "deplores" calls for it to be taken off air.

"I can assure you that our situation today is very comfortable", Qatari Ambassador to the US Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani said.

Among other things, they have demanded the closure of Al Jazeera TV, which is funded by the Qatari government.

The government is reviewing the demands, a spokesman has said.

Sec Tillerson: There is a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to resolution. His spokeswoman Heather Nauert said June 20 the United States was "mystified" that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies had failed to present details justifying their embargo on Qatar. Asked specifically about Al-Jazeera, and America's attachment to freedom of the press, President Trump's spokesman replied: "We are going to play a facilitating role in those discussions but that's a discussion that these countries need to have amongst themselves".