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Turkey rejects Gulf Arab states' demands over its Qatar base

Turkey rejects Gulf Arab states' demands over its Qatar base

On the demands list was that Qatar sever diplomatic ties with Iran, kick members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard out of Qatar and cut off any joint military cooperation with Iran, Xinhua news agency reported.

Amidst the deepening Gulf crisis, Saudi Arabia and its allies have presented a list of steep demands to Qatar to end their dispute which has rattled the region for almost three weeks.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a severing of all links with Qatar for allegedly supporting groups, including some backed by Iran, "that aim to destabilise the region".

Anwar Gargash, the UAE's state minister for foreign affairs, warned Qatar faced a "divorce" if it did not comply with the demands.

Erdogan vowed not to leave the tiny nation isolated and Turkey's parliament passed legislation permitting the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar in a show of support.

"There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and the agreement with Turkey is a long-standing diplomatic agreement so we can not ask them to leave".

Other American officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have favored a less confrontational approach and called for mediation with Qatar, which hosts the regional headquarters of the U.S. Central command, the base of air operations for the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Gas also paid for Al-Jazeera, which at various times has embarrassed or angered most Middle Eastern governments.




The countries give Doha 10 days to comply, failing which the list becomes "void", an official told Reuters without elaborating. "The base in Qatar is both a Turkish base and one that will preserve the security of Qatar and the region", he said.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thaniaddressed his neighbouring states on Monday asking them to life the blockade that Qatar has had to face.

The Iran provisions in the document say Qatar must shut down diplomatic posts in Iran, kick out from Qatar any members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, and only conduct trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US sanctions.

Gargash says publicizing the demands will prolong the Qatar crisis and that undermining "serious diplomacy will lead to parting of ways".

He reiterated the position taken by the Qatari government that shuttering the network is not an item up for negotiation.

Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added.

His spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday the United States was "mystified" that Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies had failed to present details justifying their embargo on Qatar.


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