Riyadh, June 07 (TNS): Saudi Arabia has given Qatar 24 hours to meet 10 key demands that included severing ties with Iran and militant organization Hamas.
The Saudi government has demanded that Qatar immediately break diplomatic relations with Iran. It should expel all Hamas members and freeze bank accounts of Hamas members and stop dealing with them.
Another demand said that Qatar expelled all Muslim Brotherhood members from Qatar besides expelling anti-GCC elements.
“It must end support of ‘terrorist organisations,” another demand said.
“Qatar stop interfering in Egyptian affairs; cease broadcasting the Al Jazeera news channel; apologise to all Gulf governments for ‘abuses’ by Al Jazeera.
The Saudi government further demanded that Qatar must pledge that will not carry out any actions that contradict the policies of the GCC and adhere to its charter.
An emergency meeting of all GCC leaders will be held in Jeddah should Qatar abide by the conditions laid out. Meanwhile, Gaza’s ruling Hamas says it was shocked by Saudi Arabia’s call on Qatar to stop supporting the Islamic militant group.
Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, have cut ties with Qatar and moved to isolate the Gulf nation, accusing it of harboring extremists. Qatar has denied the allegations.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Paris on Tuesday that Qatar must sever ties with Hamas and its historic parent, the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood.
Hamas said in a statement early Wednesday that al-Jubeir’s remarks “constitute a shock for our Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic nations.”
Hamas alleged that Israel “exploits these statements to carry out more violations against the Palestinian people.”
Qatar has hosted Hamas leaders and has financed major projects in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s president is voicing support for Qatar in its dispute with Saudi Arabia and other nations, saying no one will benefit from the policy of isolating the oil-rich nation.
Addressing foreign ambassadors at a Ramazan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commended Qatar for what he called a “cool-headed and constructive” stance in the dispute and said Qatar is leading an “effective fight” against terrorist groups.
Erdogan criticized the Saudis and others for their allegations against Qatar, saying he would be the first to oppose the country if that were the case.
He called for resolving the split through dialogue and said Turkey will continue working to end the dispute.
Erdogan also said that Turks “will continue and develop our ties with Qatar.”