06/23/2017, 10.28
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No to Iran, terrorists and al-Jazeera: Riyadh conditions on Doha to close the crisis

On behalf of the Gulf Alliance, Kuwait presents Qatar requests to restore diplomatic and commercial relations. Doha wants as a precondition for dialogue to remove the embargo and sends his wishes to the new Saudi hereditary prince. A ship sets sail from Turkey.


Doha (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Cut off all diplomatic relations with Tehran and close the diplomatic representations of Qatar in Iran; break ties with "terrorist organizations", including the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, the Islamic State and al Qaeda; Block al-Jazeera broadcasts and cut funding to other media in the region, including al-Arabiya and Middle East Eye. These are some of the demands presented today by Kuwait, on behalf of the Saudi Arabia's Gulf Alliance, to restore trade and diplomatic relations with Doha.

Qatar's Emir has responded setting the lifting of the embargo imposed by Riyadh as a prerequisite for any dialogue. Meanwhile, in an attempt to dissipate tension with Saudis, Doha has sent a message of greeting to the new hereditary prince, the 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman.

A fierce dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, followed by other nations in the region and not, such as Maldives and Sudan, came to light in early June. Behind the riots between Riyadh and Doha, Qatar's accusation of supporting Islamist terrorist movements and, above all, maintaining diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran, the number one enemy of the Saudis in the Middle East. Recently, US President Donald Trump strengthened his support to Saudi Arabia, endorsing the war that Riyadh wanted against Tehran.

The list of Saudi conditions in Qatar to restore ties and normalize relations in the region is long and includes: expulsion of members of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution in Doha and blocking military cooperation with Iran. Even Turkish soldiers in the Qatar territory must leave with immediate effect.

Additionally, Doha should deliver "terrorists" sought by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, freezing their finances and assets. It must also block contacts with the political opposition within these countries and reward the "victims" of the "policies" promoted by Qatar in recent years.

Finally, "alignment" with other Gulf nations is imposed on the military, political, social and economic level [laws, common front against Iran] and accession "within 10 days" to advanced demands. The country then undergoes a "monthly" check-up period, then a variable timetable for the next 10 years.

If the Arab bloc continues to blockade Qatar, other Muslim nations are fleeing to Doha’s aid. Among them, Turkey, which yesterday sent a first ship of aid to the emirate. To this are added the dozens of Ankara troops who have come to Qatar in recent days, confirming the renewed Turkish support for the nation. Previously, Turkey had sent over 100 planes loaded with food and other kinds of basic necessities.

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