Saudi-led bloc regrets 'negative' Qatar response to demands

Saudi-led bloc regrets 'negative' Qatar response to demands

Meeting in Cairo to decide the next steps in the crisis which opposes them to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt, represented by their respective foreign ministers, rejected Doha's response and pointed out they will hold another meeting in Bahrain to decide the next step. Qatar, a small peninsular country protruding into the Gulf, also hosts the biggest U.S. military base in the region as a bulwark against Iran.

The four Arab nations issued a 13-point list of demands on June 22, giving Qatar 10 days to comply.

Host of the meeting, Sameh Shoukry noted that Qatar's response was "not serious" and betrayed Qatar's "failure" to realize the gravity of the situation.

"With respect to future measures, we are in constant communication".

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said at a joint news conference with his German counterpart on Tuesday that its response was "given in goodwill and good initiative for a constructive solution", but insisted that Doha would not compromise on its sovereignty.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt as well as the internationally recognized government of war-torn Yemen broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in a major worldwide rift on June 5, 2017.

Their foreign ministers met in Cairo on Wednesday after a deadline they gave Qatar to meet 13 demands expired.

"Clearly the blockading countries did not submit their demands with the expectation that they would provide a framework for resolving their differences with Qatar", he said in his address to the think tank.

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No further decisions or steps were announced by any of the foreign ministers.

Qatar's response to the demands has not been made public.

The Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, told reporters that further steps against Qatar would be taken at the appropriate time and will be in line with worldwide law.

The quartet's foreign ministers met in Cairo on Wednesday evening and issued a press statement saying that the quartet's stance against the tiny Gulf state rested on six principles, focusing primarily on combating extremism and non-intervention.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and non-GCC member, Egypt, accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and backing a number of groups including the Muslim Brotherhood.

He also warned that a raft of "fresh measures" would be taken against Qatar at the "appropriate time". He also said that the current embargo will remain in place unless Qatar revises policies.

The Saudi-led group announced no new sanctions but indicated that Qatar could be expelled from the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The White House said Trump reiterated the need for all countries "to stop terrorist financing and discredit extremist ideology".

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