Qatar gets Saudi list of demands

Two days ago, Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly held talks via phone with leaders of Saudi Arabia, King Salman and its new crown prince to seek ways to end the diplomatic row between Qatar and Gulf of Arab states.

"Strengthening the Turkish base would be a positive step in terms of the Gulf's security", he said.

The other Arab states have no intention of taking Qatar on faith that it has complied with these instructions because one of the thirteen demands includes monthly audits of oil-rich Qatar's finances for a year, quarterly during the second year, and then annually for eight more years after that.

In a 13-point list - presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis - the countries also demand an end to Turkey's military presence in Qatar.

He underscored that if there has been any violation of law by Al Jazeera the broadcaster could be brought to court in Qatar or any other country, but the demand to shut it is a "crime".

-Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. He reiterated that sanctions imposed on Qatar were an "illegal" attempt at tampering with the nation's sovereignty and urged for them to be reviewed.

Closure of Al-Jazeera and all its affiliates.

Saudi Arabia has raised the stakes in the Middle East, as they issued a list of demands to Qatar. "There are no IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) elements in Qatar and the agreement with Turkey is a long-standing diplomatic agreement so we can not ask them to leave".

The ultimatum was quickly rejected by Qatar's ally, Turkey, and Al Jazeera dismissed it as an effort "to silence the freedom of expression in the region and to suppress people's right to information and the right to be heard".

The point of putting forward that list of demands, the analyst says, is "to empty the hands of Qatar from the merits and winning aces that it had, or that made it a heavyweight".

As the crisis deepened and the United Nations offered to help resolve the regional diplomatic row, Qatar said it had received the list of demands from its neighbouring countries.

The United States and the European Union have called for unity in the Gulf.

The countries that imposed the sanctions accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional unrest and drawing too close to their enemy Iran.

"We can not just have demands such as 'The Qataris know what we want from them, they have to stop this or that, they have to be monitored by a foreign monitoring mechanism, ' " he said. Qatar denies the accusations and countered that Saudi Arabia is seeking to dominate smaller states within the region. Iran and Turkey are now providing Qatar's required food supplies.

Qatar must sever ties with all terrorist, sectarian and ideological organizations, primarily Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Fatah al-Sham and Hezbollah.

Al-Jazeera was launched in 1996 with financial support from Qatar's rulers.

The demands also targeted Qatar's relationship with Iran.

- Stop funding other news outlets, including Arabi21, Al Araby Al Jadeed and Middle East Eye. For Qatar, it will be very hard to comply with if the country wants to preserve its sovereignty. Should Qatar agree to the deal, Gargash called for U.S. and European Union involvement in monitoring its compliance.

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