Arab foreign ministers to discuss Qatar in Cairo on Wednesday

Lucy Hill
July 4, 2017

On Sunday US president Donald Trump spoke to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to discuss his "concerns about the ongoing dispute".

But despite the US ties to Qatar, Trump said his priority remains to curb funding for terrorism in the region.

Further demands insist that Qatar cut ties with all "terrorist organizations", including the Muslim Brotherhood and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

"We are not on one side or the other", he said.

On Monday Al Jazeera, based in Doha, responded on air to the demand that it be closed down.

The crisis has not hit energy exports from Qatar, the world's biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas and home to the region's biggest USA military base.

Al-Jubeir went on to accuse Qatar of "funding terrorism and interfering in other countries' affairs".

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In recent years, following the severing of ties with Iran, Sudan has developed close relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have invested $30 billion in Sudan mainly in agricultural projects. They delivered a 13-point list of demands to end the standoff on June 22 and early Monday extended a deadline by 48 hours at Kuwait's request for it to comply.

The same day, Qatar hands its response to the emir of Kuwait, but does not reveal its contents.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia and several of its allies were created to be spurned.

The dispute began in May when Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani was reported to have made statements on the state news agency supporting Iran.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt said they were "studying" a list of potential political and economic sanctions against Qatar after it rejected the list of demands. On Wednesday, officials from the four countries will meet in Egypt to discuss additional steps.

The Gulf state will now have an additional 48 hours to comply with the demands or come to an agreement with its counterparts. "The list of demands is made to be rejected", Sheikh Mohammed said.

Despite the pressure on Qatar, Gabriel said he did not get the impression after his meeting that the states were calling Qatar's sovereingty into question.

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