Blockade continues after Qatar rejects demands of Arab neighbors

Blockade continues after Qatar rejects demands of Arab neighbors

Blockade continues after Qatar rejects demands of Arab neighbors

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, told reporters that further steps against Qatar would be taken at the appropriate time and in line with global law.

They had been expected to consider further sanctions at the gathering, but announced no new measures.

Sheikh Mohammed had earlier said the list of demands was "made to be rejected" and on Monday, British lawyers for Qatar denounced the demands as "an affront to global law".

Some of the rhetoric by the four ministers, however, was clearly belligerent.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE's foreign minister, said any further action against Qatar will be aimed at changing the country's direction towards promoting peace. "The embargo will remain in place until Qatar rectifies its policies".

The Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the UN has said that Qatar and Iran are trying to "create chaos" in the Middle East through terrorism and interference in the affairs of other nation states.

Qatar is accused of destabilising the region by supporting extremism and terrorism - which it denies.

The foreign ministers from four Arab nations that have sought to isolate Qatar over its alleged support for extremist groups started talks Wednesday, hours after the quartet said they had received Qatar's response to their demands for ending the crisis. The deadline, which had been extended, expired Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

After an announcement on Wednesday by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates that their boycott of the Gulf Arab state would continue, playful Qataris shared on Twitter photoshopped images ridiculing officials from those countries.

Those demands include shutting down the Al Jazeera TV channel, curtailing Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, closing a Turkish military base in Qatar and downgrading ties with Iran.

He also warned that a raft of "fresh measures" would be taken against Qatar at the "appropriate time". He said Kuwait's mediation, backed by the United States, had already achieved a lot. After US military interventions in Iraq and Syria, the situation in the region has changed and instead of gaining influence, Qatar has lost credibility and is now facing isolation.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said the list of 13 demands from the countries boycotting Qatar is counterproductive to the fight against terrorism.

Its economy, fueled by its natural gas exports, seems to be weathering the crisis though there has been pressure on its stock market and currency.

However, the negative outlook implies that this score - which defines Qatar's credit as high quality with a very low credit risk - could soon be on the decline.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told German weekly Die Zeit Wednesday that "what is being done with Qatar runs counter to global law".

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