By: Agence France-Presse
Saudi Arabia and its allies mentioned early Monday they’d determined to prolong by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to settle for their listing of demands to elevate a de facto blockade.
With the deadline expiring at midnight Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to give Doha an extension to reply positively to their demands.
The transfer got here after a request by the Kuwaiti emir who’s performing as mediator within the Gulf disaster, in accordance to a joint assertion issued by the official Saudi SPA information company.
The Kuwaiti authorities had requested the extension following Qatar’s announcement that it was due to hand over its response to the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on Monday.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt introduced on June 5 they have been severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic disaster to hit the area in many years.
They accused Doha of supporting extremism and of being too shut to regional arch-rival Iran, which Qatar has strongly denied.
On June 22 they offered an inventory of 13 demands and gave Doha 10 days to comply.
Riyadh’s demands embrace ending Doha’s assist for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera tv, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish army base within the emirate.
The 4 nations indicated of their assertion that they might research and consider Qatar’s response earlier than delivering their very own reply to Kuwait.
Doha has to this point indicated that it rejects the demands.
“The list of demands is made to be rejected,” Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani mentioned Saturday in Rome.
“The state of Qatar… is rejecting it as a principle,” he mentioned, including: “We are willing to engage in providing the proper conditions for further dialogue.”(AFP)