Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

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Originally appeared at RT

The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al-Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and paying a fine.

Saudi Arabia & allies demand Qatar close Turkish base, shut Al-Jazeera and more within 10 days

The Kuwait emissary, which is serving a mediator in the diplomatic standoff, has reportedly presented the list of 13 demands from the Arab states to Qatar. Doha has 10 days to comply, according to Associated Press which has seen the list.

The ultimatum demands that Qatar abandon its cooperation with Iran, close down its military base where Turkish troops stationed and disbands its Al-Jazeera news network.

The countries led by Saudi Arabia also demands Doha to cut all ties with terrorist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Qaeda. The list also demands that the monarchy stop funding all extremist groups designated as “terrorist” by the US.

The Gulf nations are also seeking detailed information about “opposition figures that Qatar has funded,” AP said. In addition, Qatar must surrender all nationals who are wanted on terrorism charges by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar in early June, accusing their neighbor of sponsoring terrorism. Some other countries outside the Gulf region also downscaled ties and partially joined in imposing economic sanctions on Qatar.

Before Kuwait delivered the ultimatum, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cautioned that demands against Qatar need to be “reasonable and actionable.”

“We support the Kuwaiti mediation effort and look forward to this matter moving toward a resolution,” Tillerson said Wednesday.

This is the Kuwait emissary’s second mission aimed at restoring diplomatic ties between Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.

During the previous attempt, Doha rejected the laid out preconditions, with Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Thani who serves as the Qatari foreign minister, stating emphatically that no outside power can interfere with Doha’s foreign policy or dictate its media politics. The Sheikh also made clear that Qatar could survive “forever” under sanctions.

The ongoing crisis was triggered in early June following a report on the state run Qatar News Agency (QNA) website, in which the country’s Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, criticizes Saudi Arabia’s anti-Iranian rhetoric among other controversial statements. QNA immediately retracted what it termed “fake news,” and following an investigation said the channel had been hacked by “neighboring” states which then used the QNA report as a pretext to impose the economic blockade.

As the crisis developed, Doha found itself increasingly isolated and dependent on aid from Turkey and now Iran. Both countries have sent food supplies to Doha, currently under a tough trade and travel blockade. Meanwhile, Ankara fast-tracked the ratification of an earlier sealed deal to send troops to the Gulf nation to train Qatar’s police force.

With no resolution to the stalemate imminent, Washington has questioned the motives behind the punitive measures imposed on Qatar.

“Were the actions really about their concerns regarding Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism, or were they about the long-simmering grievances between and among the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries?” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert asked Tuesday.

Since the start of the ongoing rift, Qatar has insisted that its innocent.

“Our government has maintained, from Day 1, that the blockade has nothing to do with the accusations that have been leveled against Qatar,” Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to the United States wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday.

“The allegations that Qatar supports terrorism and that Qatar is a secret ally of Iran are, as the State Department suspects, just a smokescreen for an attempt to infringe upon Qatar’s sovereignty and punish Qatar for its independence,” the ambassador wrote.

He called for negotiations to end the crisis, but accused the belligerent states of “seeking to drive a wedge between Qatar and the United States for their own political gain.”

“Qatar has the right to chart its own course, without the interference of other nations, and that is what we can and will do. The door to the negotiating table will stay open,” Al-Thani emphasized.

The envoy said the Saudi-led nations know all too well that Qataris “do not, have not and never will support terrorism,” and accused Doha’s detractors of orchestrating a “smear campaign” when it comes to accusations that Qatar is a “secret ally” of Iran. He added that Doha is providing support to Syrian rebels who are battling against the Syrian government and Iranian troops.

“The Saudis, the UAE and every government in the Gulf maintain diplomatic and trade relations with Iran,” the ambassador pointed out. “In fact, Iran’s biggest trading partner is the nation now leading the anti-Qatar blockade, the UAE.”

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  • Miguel Redondo

    This is an clear ultimatum which follows an declaration of war.
    The Austrian ultimatum to Serbia (8-23-1914) was less harsh that this bullshit.

    • Mr. Costelol

      The Austrians were beaten back easily , until Germany stepped in, and the Bulgars hit from the back. Which begs the question , Who will step in for the Saudi-GCC block? Has everyone analyzed their war plans , checked and double-checked? Things don’t always come out as expected.

      • Mr. Costelol

        Yes, in the end, the Serbs – presumed dead. 60 000+ of them overran 700 000 Bulgars, and sent 1,300 000 Germans running for their lives, Serbian infantry faster than French cavalry (which isn’t saying much), almost entering Vienna, had Germany not capitulated. Wars do not always end as planned is my message.

        • John Whitehot

          the Bulgarians :)))

    • Mr. Costelol

      Serbia was given a month, these Saudis give 10 days – rash behavior one would say.

  • Nigel Maund

    This is one of the most unreasonable ultimatums I have ever seen. It amounts to gross interference in the affairs of a soveriegn state and is the action of a Dictatorship rather akin to Nazi Germany rpior to finding any excuse to go to war! The Saudi’s are definitively desperate due to the oil price fall and collapse of its ill advised military adventures.

    • John Whitehot

      I don’t know, but imho it’s a pantomime.

      I doubt that actions will follow words, neither I see Saudi Arabia being able to mount a serious threat to Qatar. Yet the sabre rattling happening behind curtains could signify that there is an increasing rift among the gulf countries that are playing on Israel side.

      The accusations against Qatar of being in bed with Iran must mean something, unless they are exclusively a pretext.

      • Bob

        Am wondering if Qatar has been tentatively talking with Iran about both their common natural gas reserves and issue of access for gas sales to China. Qatar is now leveraged out of the big natural gas markets, and the whole Syrian based pipeline option is all over bar the shouting.
        So currently, Qatar is back to square one, stuck with liquid gas shipping to smaller markets. But, connecting up the common Qatari-Iranian undersea Gulf natural gas field, to the existing Iranian infrastructure, and pipeline based deliveries across Iran to China? Now, that makes some long term economic sense and would secure Qatar a slice of the massive and expanding Chinese market.
        Great idea, as Qatari state economic policy – except, scrreeech – it would insanely infuriate both Saudi’s and US on their regional anti-Iranian policy, with the secondary absolute kicker that the Chinese purchase payments most likely to be in Yuan, as Iran already doing that, doubly infuriating the Saudi’s and US.

        • Mr. Costelol

          Bob, Qatar has one of the largest US bases on its territory.

          • Bob

            Am aware, but Qatar has actually been running distinct policies – supporting Al Queada and Muslim Brotherhood based militant factions in, first Libya, and then Syria, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, for some time – these have both aligned with and crossed with Saudi and US interest in region – but it is only over any links to Iran, that Qatar has crashed headlong into a serious conflict of interests with Saudi’s and US.

        • John Whitehot

          interesting. If that is the case, and it could be, then the danger of Saudis and their allies picking some kinetic option is concrete.

  • Gary Sellars

    Where do these inbred ignorant goat-fucking Bedouin get off?

    Qatar may be a terror-sponsor, but KSA is FAR WORSE. This is purely a Saudi attempt at domination over a “disobedient” neighbour who won’t accept their position as a “vassal”.

    • Mr. Costelol

      Good observation, consolidating the neighborhood, well ,…… for Iran & Gas.
      However the Turks, have other ideas.

  • mhtsaropinigitakis

    anyone else want to see the most 2 useless army of the world fighting each other? (that will be turks vs saudis!) like orcs vs orcs!!

    • Thegr8rambino

      my money is on the turks, seeing as how KSA are getting their asses handed to them in yemen right now lol

      • mhtsaropinigitakis

        did you see how the turks fought isis? loosing 10 leopard 2 tanks to nothing

        • Thegr8rambino

          what?

  • eric zweistein

    The bullying of Qatar must the running joke of the month.

    Every day Zion’s comedy outlets add a new hilarious twist to an already more than bizarre skit. In today’s episode we hear some rabbis complaining that Al-Jazeera is only 95% Zion-controlled, and that the remaining 5% are unfairly used to ridicule Israel’s cousins in Saudi Arabia. Jewish humor at its best! Can’t wait to see what surprise CNN will serve us tomorrow…

  • Antikapitalista

    Oh, it looks like the Saudis forgot to add that the Qataris should hand in all their weapons to them, including silver cutlery.

    :-P

  • goingbrokes

    I couldn’t help tampering with the original document! Enjoy.
    “Demands to USA

    1Curb diplomatic ties with Israel and close its diplomatic missions there. Expel members of Israel First movement and cut off any joint military cooperation with Israel. Only trade and commerce with Israel that complies with UN and international sanctions will be permitted.

    2Sever all ties to “terrorist organisations”, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaida and Mossad. Formally declare those entities as terrorist groups.

    3Shut down CNN, FOX, ABC, BBC and their affiliate stations.

    4Shut down news outlets that USA funds, directly and indirectly, including Guardian, Bild Zeitung, Le Monde, Channel 4 and White Helmets.

    5Immediately terminate the NATO military presence in Syria and end any joint military cooperation with NATO.

    6Stop all means of funding for individuals, groups or organisations that have been designated as terrorists by decent people in many countries.

    7Hand over “terrorist figures” and wanted individuals from Pentagon, the CIA, Blackwater and DHS to the countries they have attacked. Freeze their assets, and provide any desired information about their residency, movements and finances.

    8End interference in sovereign countries’ internal affairs. Stop granting citizenship to wanted nationals from Israel, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Revoke US citizenship for existing nationals where such (dual)citizenship violates common law.

    9Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Russia, Syria, Iran and Korean peninsula. Hand over all files detailing USA’s prior contacts with and support for those opposition groups.

    10Pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other, financial losses caused by USA’s policies in recent years. The sum will be determined in coordination with UN.

    11Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year. For the following 10 years, USA would be monitored annually for compliance.

    12Align itself with peaceful countries politically, socially and economically, as well as on economic matters, in line with an agreement reached with Iran in 2014.

    13Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to USA, or the list becomes invalid.”

  • John Brown

    part 1 Here is why Al Jazeria is to be banned by command of Saudi Judea Arabia’s slave master Israel. See some good info on how racist supremacist Jews control the British government decide who will be in the cabinet who gets fired etc. its even on a hidden video.
    This Al Jazeria investigation has dealt a a massive blow to the racist supremacist Zionist global empire and its propaganda by exposing it for what it is. Evil needs darkness and dies under the light of day and transparency.
    See some good info on how racist supremacist Jewscontrol the British government decide who will be in the cabinet who gets firedetc. its even on a hidden video.
    Stop Everything You Do and Watch This!!! January 11, 2017 / Gilad Atzmon
    Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby EP 1-4
    http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2017/1/11/stop-everything-you-do-and-watch-this
    So that you learn how Israel and its Lobby are plotting against Britain and the Brits. So you learn about our treacherous MPs who are shamelessly serving a foreign state and its foreign interests. Ask yourself, how is it that the most important news about the institutional betrayal of our political system is delivered to us by a Qatar TV network? Shouln’t it be The Guardian, the BBC or The Daily Telegraph that look into these matters? Is it a coincidence?
    The Israeli Embassy told us that Shai Masot was a junior employee. Watch this video and judge for yourself, he seems to run the entire Labour Party.
    Britain must probe the activity of the Jewish Lobby and the Israeli Embassy immediately !!! And if you want to understand why this plot is embedded in Jewish culture just read this.
    The Lobby P1: https://youtu.be/ceCOhdgRBoc
    The Lobby P2: https://youtu.be/Vuk1EhkEctE

    • John Brown

      part 2 While watching part 2 you may want to ask yourself why the Jewish lobby and Israel are so influential within the Left and the Labour movement, is it really a coincidence?
      The Lobby P1: https://youtu.be/ceCOhdgRBoc
      The Lobby P2: https://youtu.be/Vuk1EhkEctE
      The Lobby P3: An Anti-Semitic Trope
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3dn-VV3czc
      When you watch Part 3 you may want to ask yourself what is it that drives the Shabbos Goy within the labour party and beyond? Is it greed? Is it power seeking? What is it that pushes Brits to become servants of a foreign despotic state?
      Al Jazeera Investigations: The Lobby P4: The Takedown
      https://youtu.be/pddH2sfNKNY
      When you watch this final episode you must ask yourself how is it possible that British media has remained silent? Would it also stay silent if Shai Masot was a Russian or an Iranian’s agent? Asking the above questions may suggest that you are at the footstep of the understanding of Jewish Power and its negative impact on our society.

  • tigbear

    Better not do it. They want Qatar to close the base so that Qatar is defenseless when they attack it. Don’t disarm under any circumstances. Look what happened to Libya. Qatar should get good with Iran and Turkey and ask for some missiles from them.

  • Justin Ryan

    My response to Saudi Arabia” i demand that YOU GET FUCKED within 1 hour”!

  • Thegr8rambino

    well qatar just bought some planes from america recently, after being called a big supporter of terrorism by trump, as well as having a US base, and the saudis think they can just attack them? LOL this is too funny of a situation. i guarantee if trump never went over there, selling them $400 billion in weapons, we would not be talking about this