Qatar hands response on Arab states' demands to Kuwait

The four Arab countries has later announced in a joint statement an extension of the deadline by 48 hours in response to the request of Kuwait.

They gave it to Doha 10 days to accept a list of 13 official requests, demanding the closure of the Al-Jazeera tv, and a military base of Turkish as well as the reduction of relations with Iran.

The countries have said they will impose further sanctions against Qatar if it does not comply with their list of 13 demands presented to Doha by Kuwait.

Last month, the four countries severed their diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their airspace to the country's Qatar Airways after asserting that Qatar funds terrorism, an accusation the country steadfastly denies.

Qatar's foreign minister will formally hand over a response to the demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies to the Kuwaiti Emir today.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed commercial links with Qatar nearly a month ago, saying they were isolating the sheikhdom over what they see as its tolerant attitude toward Iran and support for terrorist groups. But during a July 1 visit to Rome, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani again rejected the demands as an infringement on Qatar's sovereignty.

The Saudis and their allies have cut all diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and of being too close to regional foe Iran. Another requirement is that Qatar end support for political dissidents in the four countries making the demands.

Meanwhile, President Trump "spoke with Qatar's emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi", according to the Associated Press.

"He reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology".

The 40-year-old said that Al-Jazeera's coverage of Palestinian affairs had led him to gift his house as a symbolic gesture and that him and his wife had also donated their kidneys for sick people in Qatar.

While Trump has largely echoed the concerns of the blockading nations, his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has called for an end to the blockade, which he said has hurt us interests in the region.

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