On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya, the Maldives and Mauritius severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. Mauritania broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 6. On the same day, Jordan downgraded ties with Qatar. On June 7, the Comoros cut off ties with the Persian Gulf state, and Djibouti reduced the level of diplomatic contacts with it. Senegal, Chad and Niger recalled their ambassadors from Doha.
Egypt’s deputy foreign minister for Arab affairs, Tareq Qunni, stated that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should document the repeated violations of the sanctions against Libya by a number of states, namely Qatar.
On Monday, Bahrain accused Qatar of militarily escalating its dispute with regional powers after Doha's decision to let more Turkish troops into its territory. Bahraini expert in the Persian Gulf Ahmed Nuh Muhammadi told Sputnik that while Doha will sooner or later restore peace with its neighbors, they won't forget Turkey's role in the crisis.
Commenting on the 13-point ultimatum Qatar received from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt specifying what the peninsular nation must do in return for a restoration of ties, Iranian political analyst Hassan Hanizadeh told Sputnik who is really behind these demands and why Riyadh won't resort to an open military conflict.
Some of the demands put forward by Arabs states in a 13-point ultimatum will be challenging for Qatar to implement, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a briefing on Tuesday.
Qatar has the resources and potential to resist the pressure from other Gulf nations amid the ongoing diplomatic row in the region, according to Turkish political commentator Soli Özel.
Saudi Arabia and its neighboring countries are putting pressure on Turkey to withdraw its troops from Qatar.
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday that he will not agree to any arms sales to countries in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) until its current dispute with Qatar is solved.
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held a phone conversation on Sunday evening with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and expressed commitment to develop the bilateral relations in all fields despite the ongoing diplomatic row in the Persian Gulf.
President of Iran Hassan Rouhani has called on the regional states to stay rational in case of any disagreements, adding that sanctions and intimidation was a bad way to settle problems, in particular the recent Arab states-Qatar diplomatic row.
Qatar is reviewing the requests of the Arab states following the diplomatic row in the region, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, adding that the United States called for further consultations on the issue.
On Friday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt handed a 13-point ultimatum to Qatar. The list contains demands Doha needs to meet in order to restore ties with other Arab nations.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt handed a 13-point ultimatum to Qatar on Friday, demanding for reducing ties to Iran, closing a Turkish military base and shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera news channel.
On Friday, media reported that four Gulf Arab states have made up a list of conditions Qatar needs to meet in order to defuse tensions with its neighbors.
The deputy head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Rostourism said Friday said that by easing visa rules for Russian nationals Qatar is rather a foreign policy-oriented message, than the signal aimed at large number of tourists.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday slammed Qatar for leaking to mass media a list of demands send to Doha by four Arab states that cut ties with the former.
The Gulf States which broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this month have presented Doha with a list of demands they say would end the diplomatic crisis. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, award-winning journalist and international relations expert James Dorsey explained why the chances of Doha accepting the ultimatum are slim to none.
Washington called on Qatar and Arab states to exercise restraint in resolving their diplomatic crisis.
The demand to close the Doha-based Al Jazeera TV channel made by Gulf Arab states is a crime violating freedom of speech, the channel’s director Yaser Abuhilala told Sputnik on Friday.
Tehran seems to be able to get benefits from the Qatar-centered diplomatic row, intelligence firm Soufan Group said.
Saudi Arabia and several other Persian Gulf states made Qatar the kind of offer one usually can't refuse - a list of some 13 demands that Doha must comply with in order to end the ongoing diplomatic crisis.
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