Qatar's Blockade to be removed - A prerequisite for ending Gulf diplomatic crisis

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Kuwait presented Qatar a list of demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt, Saudi-run Al-Arabiya TV reported on Friay.

Reuters said the demands are likely to infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region's worst crisis in decades.

Most recently, The Associated Press reports, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been frustrated at perceived delays in formulating the list of demands - but the wire service notes the U.S. official also warned the demands should be "reasonable and actionable".

The closure of the broadcaster is said to be one of 13 wide-ranging demands placed on Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies as the price for lifting an nearly three-week long "blockade" on Qatar.

The four countries say that the list will become void if Qatar fails to comply in the 10-day period.

Doha said on Friday that footage of Hamad al-Hammadi admitting to plotting against the UAE was taken after he was tortured by security officers while in detention in the neighbouring state.

"The brother (Qatar) must realise that the solution for its crisis lies not in Tehran or Beirut or Ankara or Western capitals or in media outlets, but in regaining the trust of its neighbours", Gargash said.

The logo of al-Jazeera Media Network is seen during the annual MIPCOM television program market in Cannes, France, on October 17, 2016.

The Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.

Turkey has continued to support Qatar throughout the boycott, sending troops to the country, and Iran has sent food supplies.

Those countries have now given Qatar 10 days to comply with all of the demands, which also include paying an unspecified sum in compensation for what they claimed to be "loss of life and other financial losses caused by Qatar's policies".

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been suspected of extensively using cyber warfare and social media propaganda campaigns as tools to target Doha.

Saudi Arabia has severed all land, sea and air links with Qatar, and Qatar Airlines has had to cancel or reroute some flights that usually use the airspace of the boycotting nations. "Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain", the list said, according to drafts that were circulated. There are also five armored personnel carriers on the Turkish military base in Qatar.

The report also warned that a prolonged dispute between Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council nations would interfere with the seamlessness of United States operations in the Gulf, especially a USA effort to construct a regional ballistic missile defense system to neutralize Iran's increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile force.

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