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Saudi Arabia ask Qatar to ban Al Jazeera, shut Turkish base, ban Muslim Brotherhood

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Doha: Saudi Arabia and other sheikhdoms in its neighborhood including Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt have finally given a long list of demands to Qatar to comply with immediate effect. Failing to comply with such demands will cancel the offer. The nations that have blocked Qatar due to its support to Ikhwanul Muslimoon (Muslim Brotherhood), Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, its relationship with Iran and its independent foreign policy have asked the tiny nation to also ban Al-Jazeera and several other news resources backed by Qatar.

Besides, the Saudi led group has also asked Qatar to shut down Turkish military base and drive out the Turkish military personnel from its territory.

The 13 point demand that has been handed down to Qatar by GCC nations also asks Qatar to close down Iranian consulate, drive out consular staff from the tiny nation and stop maintaining any other relations with it.

The Saudi alliance has been condemning Qatar, claiming that it supports ISIS, Al Qaeda while bracketing Muslim Brotherhood in the same bracket. It must be kept in mind that a couple of years ago, following protests, Muslim Brotherhood had won a landslide in Egypt and its senior official had also won the presidential elections. Later, Egyptian Army under Abdul Fattah Al Sissi staged a coup, arresting President Mursi along with entire Brotherhood leadership and putting it in jail on different phony accusations. Thousands of Muslim brotherhood members have been killed and are still being targeted periodically without any reason.

It must be kept in mind that while Egyptian Army was destroying a legitimately elected government of President Mursi, Saudi Arabia was bankrolling billions of dollars to Egypt army and its chief to suppress and completely destroy Muslim Brotherhood. It is rather very surprising why the Saudi Arabian government has been so much incensed by Bortherhood and the political Islam that it espouses.

In the meantime Qatari officials in Doha did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP. But the list included conditions that the gas-rich nation had already insisted would never be met, including shutting down Al-Jazeera. Qatar’s government has said it won’t negotiate until Arab nations lift their blockade. The demands were also likely to elicit Qatari objections that its neighbours are trying to dictate its sovereign affairs by imposing such far-reaching requirements.

Only a day earlier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had warned the demands must be “reasonable and actionable.” The US issued that litmus test amid frustration at how long it was taking Saudi Arabia and others to formalise a list of demands, complicating US efforts to bring about a resolution to the worst Gulf diplomatic crisis in years. According to the list, Qatar must refuse to naturalise citizens from the four countries and expel those currently in Qatar, in what the countries describe as an effort to keep Qatar from meddling in their internal affairs.

Saudi camp is also demanding that Qatar hand over all individuals who are wanted by those four countries for terrorism; stop funding any extremist entities that are designated as terrorist groups by the US; and provide detailed information about opposition figures that Qatar has funded, ostensibly in Saudi Arabia and the other nations. Qatar vehemently denies funding or supporting extremism. But the country acknowledges that it allows members of some extremist groups such as Hamas to reside in Qatar, arguing that fostering dialogue with those groups is key to resolving global conflicts.

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