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UAE warns Qatar of divorce as Persian Gulf tensions simmer

26 June 2017

A shop with a picture of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani is seen in Doha, Qatar, June 6, 2017.

Turkey says it has no plans to shut down its military base in Qatar as demanded by Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that have cut ties with Doha.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt had released a joint statement naming 59 Qatar-based or -funded individuals and 12 organizations labeled "terrorist" on June 15.

Four Arab states that have boycotted Qatar have reportedly handed the country a list of 13 demands, including some likely to infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region's worst crisis in decades.

They demand that Qatar refuse to naturalise citizens from the four countries and "revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries' laws".

Qatar has yet to publicly respond to the demands.

— Pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other, financial losses caused by Qatar's policies in recent years.

Qatar has confirmed receiving the list Thursday from Kuwait, which is mediating the dispute, but has not yet commented on them. "Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain", the list said, according to drafts that were circulated.

Turkish Armed Forces sent five armored vehicles and 23 military personnel to Doha on Thursday as part of Turkey's military deployment, a symbolic move aiming to show the continuation of support to Qatar.

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As reported earlier, Al-Jazeera this month published a fatwa defending Qatar against the allegations of terror-sponsorship - written by a radical cleric who has been designated by the us and United Nations for facilitating and funding terrorism.

— Shut down Al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations.

Or its ties to Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood?

The affair has also drawn in the United States, whose Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for Gulf unity.

Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states on Friday demanded the closure of broadcaster al-Jazeera, among other conditions, in return for the lifting of its trade and diplomatic sanctions.

According to the document seen by AP, Qatar is being asked to shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, expel any members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and only conduct trade with Iran that complies with U.S. sanctions.

Saudi Arabia and its allies presented Qatar with a list of demands to end a three-week diplomatic crisis that has roiled the Gulf, the Associated Press reported.

Turkey has no intention of shutting down its brand new military base in Qatar, it said in a rejection of a demand about the small Gulf kingdom voiced by other Arab nations.

Qatar directly or indirectly funds outlets such as Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye.

UAE warns Qatar of divorce as Persian Gulf tensions simmer