Doha-Qatar.– On June 22, Saudia Arabia and the other countries that have declared a political embargo on Qatar among other forms of restrictions earlier in June, have sent a list of 13 demands for Qatar to meet in 10 days.
The stipulations include cutting off ties with Iran, terminating Turkey’s military base in Qatar, the complete shut down of several news and broadcasting agencies such as Al-Jazeera and other commandments that involve the strict opposition of fundamentalist terrorist groups.
To which Al-Jazeera commented:
“We call on all governments to respect media freedoms.”
The 10 days, starting on June 22 and ending on July 1, have clearly ended; the 13 stipulations have not been met as Qatar does not intend to submit to or comply with the demands of the countries that initially accused Qatar to be a terror-sponsoring state.
The response of not accepting the given 13 demands to Qatar was not taken fondly by countries that initiated the embargo. The Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubair, reiterated the position of Saudia Arabia and the Saudi-led states that the political and economic embargo will continue until Qatar complies with the demands, whilst also insisting that the actions taken are not a blockade but a boycott.
To which, in the Chatham House, London, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani explained that the actions taken against Qatar with the expectation of compliance is to surrender Qatar’s sovereignty in exchange to end the siege.
Such sentiments of disappointment and continued opposition were furthermore emphasized by both foreign ministers of Egypt and the U.A.E.; Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Emirati Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash both expressed that Qatar will only harm itself and its reputation if it continues its noncompliance.
(Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani)
The Qatari Foreign Minister in Rome, Italy on July 1, discussed the Qatari-Gulf dilemma to reporters stating on the nature of the given demands:
“The list of demands is made to be rejected. It’s not meant to be accepted or to be negotiated.”
The ongoing regional frustration concerning the boycott or blockade made on Qatar by Saudia Arabia and its allies continues as the efforts of Kuwait to intermediate negotiations continue as well. Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and his diplomatic efforts have yet to bear fruit regarding a solution.
The Emir, who plays a crucial part in conveying the desires of the countries suspended in the Gulf dilemma, paid his respects to the death of Saudi King Salman’s brother, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The King’s brother died from health complications on the morning of Thursday
As for Qatar’s other plans, concentration on preparing for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and boosting liquefied natural gas production by 30%. In intentions to protect Qatar’s place as the leading producer of LNG, the country aims to compete in a more firmer fashion against those in the market of gas such as Australia, Russia and the United States.