Content of Qatar's Response to Saudi Arabia Not Yet Disclosed

Content of Qatar's Response to Saudi Arabia Not Yet Disclosed

It is being reported that the deadline, which expired on July 2 (Sunday), has been extended for 48 hours on the request of Kuwait mediating in the crisis.

The deadline to comply with the demands ended on Sunday, but the Gulf States and Egypt granted Qatar another 48 hours before the group would consider imposing further sanctions.

The four Gulf countries in June severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, which they accuse of supporting Iran and harbouring terrorist organisations like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State, and giving them a platform on the Al Jazeera channel.

He added that Qatar examined if the demands laid forward in the ultimatum of the Arab states were consistent with the worldwide law and decided that no sovereign country could agree to such terms.

On Saturday, Qatar rejected the demands, but announced its willingness to engage in a dialogue.

Qatar has called the charges baseless and its foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, said the stiff demands - including closing Qatar-based al Jazeera TV and ejecting Turkish troops based there - were made to be rejected.

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The joint statement early Monday by the four Arab nations said they expected Qatar to respond to their demands quickly. Qatar claims its an attempt to curtail its sovereignty.

He added that Qatar has done its best to work out a solution for the dispute with Saudi Arabia and allies which began a month ago over allegations of Qatar's support for terrorism.

The foreign minister stressed that any country is free to raise grievances with Qatar, provided it has proof, but such conflicts should be worked out by negotiation, not by imposing ultimatums.

"It's not about terrorism, it's talking about shutting down the freedom of speech", said Al-Thani.

Qatar's foreign minister, carrying a handwritten letter from the country's emir, arrived in Kuwait to deliver Doha's formal response to Arab demands, according to Kuwait News Agency.

In a statement, lawyers for Qatar denounced the demands and called for global condemnation.

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