Qatar's deadline to meet neighbours' demands extended


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.

The four states presented a list of 13 demands, including the closure of the pan-Arab Al Jazeera television, to end the blockade on Qatar or face further sanctions.

"Everyone is aware that these demands are meant to infringe the sovereignty of the state of Qatar", he said at a news conference in Rome.

On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE, Yemen and the Maldives break diplomatic relations with Qatar.

Qatar last week labeled the demands an "affront to worldwide law" and called for global condemnation.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and UAE made a decision to extend the deadline two more days for Qatar to comply with their demands.

The agency Monday said the four countries; namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt; agreed upon Kuwait's request to postpone the deadline originally taking effect on Sunday by two days.

The deadline by the Saudi bloc to Qatar to meet its terms has been extended by 48 hours.

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed commercial links with Qatar nearly a month ago, saying they were isolating the sheikhdom over what they see as its tolerant attitude toward Iran and support for terrorist groups.

The UAE ambassador to Russian Federation has said Qatar could face fresh sanctions if it does not comply with the demands.

They also urged the country to pay compensation for what they claimed to be "loss of life and other financial losses caused by Qatar's policies".

Sudan should take a "clear stance" and support the GCC countries and Egypt in their dispute against Qatar, the Saudi Ambassador to Khartoum said yesterday.

U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the situation by phone in separate calls Sunday with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Qatar's Sheikh Tamim and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

"President Trump, nevertheless, believes that the overriding objective of his initiative is the cessation of funding for terrorism", the White House readout said.

Qatar on Thursday said the list contained some demands impossible to meet because the underlying accusation was untrue.