Arab states disappointed over Qatar's reply to demands

A foreign policy faux pas

He also criticized Qatar for failing to realize the gravity of the situation.

A 13-point list of demands was issued on June 22, giving Qatar 10 days to comply.

He said the demand shows "a lack of respect toward us and Qatar".

Having delivered his formal, hand-written response to the four blockading states, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani today declared the ongoing blockade to be "unprovoked, unjustified, and unwarranted", saying it was a result of "clear aggression" from Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi and UAE markets are larger than Qatar's, and some foreign companies may already be taking informal steps to make sure they do not anger the two bigger countries. They later extended the deadline by another 48 hours at the request of Kuwait, which has acted as a mediator to resolve the crisis.

Doha's response says that Qatar is not the only Arab country that maintains relations with Iran, and the Arab countries, for their part, must also follow this requirement and reduce the level of diplomatic representation in Tehran, according to the Qatari press.

The German Federal Intelligence Service will investigate the allegations made by some Arab countries that Qatar supports terrorism, the German Foreign Minister pledged on a trip to the Gulf region this week.

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Adel al-Jubeir said that political and economic boycott will remain in force until Qatar changes its policies "for the better".

Saudi Arabia and its allies announced on 5 June they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

Predictably the Saudi embassy in London categorically denied the claim but the accusation comes at a time when United Kingdom ministers are under public pressure to finalise their own report on UK-based Islamist groups, following a series of deadly bomb blasts carried out by religious extremists in the country. Mr Trump has backed the steps taken against Qatar, but over the past week has appeared to move more closely in line with his secretary of state, who has staked out a more neutral position.

In addition, Doha excludes the possibility of closing the Turkish military base, arguing that the Charter of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCCC) does not prohibit such cooperation with other countries.

The decision not to respond immediately with fresh measures may reflect pressure from western capitals to ease the dispute, and the effectiveness of Qatar's campaign to present itself as an innocent victim of an attempt to meddle with its foreign policy, The Guardian comments.

Ahead of the meeting to discuss Qatar's response, United States president Donald Trump spoke with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah El Sisi and "called on all parties to negotiate constructively to resolve the dispute", the White House said.

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