‘Our situation is comfortable’: Qatar refuses to comply with deadline to meet 13 demands of Arab nations
Upon a serious request, Qatar insisted Friday that it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic measures that its neighbors have taken to try to comply with pressure, although a senior emirate official warned the small country is preparing to crush a long economy term.
Taking into account 10 days to make a decision, Qatar said it was examining the specific concessions demanded from the small Persian Gulf nation, which included the partition of Al Jazeera and the reduction of ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.
However, Qatar officials have not moved from their previous insistence on not sitting with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries to negotiate the end of the crisis under the seat.
“I can assure you that our current situation is very comfortable,” United States Qatari ambassador Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani told the AP. “Qatar could go on forever like this without any problem.”
Asked about the fact that Qatar has felt the pressure to quickly resolve the crisis, he said: “No, not at all.”
While the United States has moved away from any central mediation role, all parties seemed to settle for a potentially prolonged crisis.
Qatar’s neighbors stressed the fact that their list of 13 claims points was their result, not a starting point for negotiations.
If Qatar refuses to meet the deadline, Arab countries have indicated that they will continue indefinitely to restrict access to land, sea and air, as economic pressure on Qatar increases.
“The measures taken are here to stay until there is a long-term solution to the issue,” said Ambassador Emirate in the United States. Yousef al-Otaiba said in an interview.
They suggest that the sanctions are so economic and diplomatic, he said there is no military component to it.
After urging Qatari’s neighbors to offer “reasonable and viable” requests, the United States sought to move away from the crisis on the day after publication by the Arab countries in a list that includes several provisions that Qatar already Had declared that he could not or did not want to accept.
But the ultimatum was quickly rejected by Qatar’s ally Turkey, and launched as an attack on freedom of expression by Al-Jazeera, the Qatari chain that the neighboring country rich in gas needs to be closed.
Saudi, emirates, Egyptians and Bahrain applications is a call for a comprehensive review of Qatar’s foreign policy and the exchange of natural gas-financed influence in the region.
Compliance would require Qatar to align its policies on the regional vision of Saudi Arabia, the largest economy in the Middle East and the guardian of Qatar’s only land border.
“This essentially reflects an attempt by these countries to eliminate free media and undermine our sovereignty,” said Al Thani, the Qatari envoy.
“They are trying to impose their views on how issues should be addressed in the Middle East.” “They are the aggressors,” he added.
Applications include news closing, including Al-Jazeera and its affiliates; To curb diplomatic relations with Iran; And the separation of all ties with Islamist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
The United Arab Emirates said the list was intended to be confidential. AP obtained a copy of one of the countries involved in the conflict.
The four countries have severed ties with Qatar earlier this month on allegations that terrorist funds – a charge that President Donald Trump echoed.
Qatar vehemently denies funding or support extremism, but acknowledges that it allows members of some extremist groups like Hamas to live in Qatar, arguing that fostering dialogue is essential to resolving global conflicts.
The movement of Qatar’s neighbors was allowed de facto blockade.
Although residents have a run at the supermarket, in the days following the crisis, the situation has calmed since Qatar has secured alternative sources of food imported from Turkey and elsewhere.