Qatar's response to demands to be given to Kuwait today

Jeannette Daniel
July 4, 2017

The visit came just hours after a 10-day Saudi deadline for Qatar to respond to the demands was extended by 48 hours, at Kuwait's request, until midnight on Tuesday.

Qatar's Foreign Minister insisted that his country will formally deliver their response to Kuwait's Emir on Monday.

"Qatar had to return this Monday to the ombudsman kuwaiti its official response to these requests, in" a letter written" from its emir, sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

President Donald Trump "addressed his concerns" Sunday night about the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Qatar and four of its neighbors in phone calls with some of the involved leaders, calling for unity but emphasizing that his top concern is ending funding for terrorism.

Qatar has long pursued a more independent foreign policy than many of its neighbours, who tend to follow the lead of regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Qatar's response will be the focus of a gathering in Cairo on Wednesday of foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE.

Starting from June 5, Bahrain, Comoros, Egypt, Maldives, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen's internationally backed government and one of Libya's three governments have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations that the Gulf nation funds militant groups - charges Doha calls baseless.

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Korea temporarily suspended the Thaad deployment, citing a need for an environmental impact assessment of the US missile shield. President Donald Trump would "agree to allow" his South Korean counterpart to negotiate with the North Koreans.

Among the potential further steps the countries could take against Qatar would be to suspend it from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is closely allied to the United States.

Qatar's foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, flew to Kuwait to hand-deliver the reply to Kuwait's emir, according to the news agencies of both Qatar and Kuwait.

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

Meanwhile, Qatar's Defense Minister Khalid al Attiyah said on Sunday country is ready to defend itself if necessary.

Doha has rejected the demands and said it will not be meeting them, and it is unclear what will happen if the additional deadline passes on Tuesday.

The statement said that contacts are underway to contain the crisis as soon as possible, stressing that the solution through dialogue and diplomatic means is the strategic choice of the State of Qatar.

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