Qatar has responded negatively to the demands of the four nation coalition led by Saudi Arabia. This has further complicated the situation which is alredy grim. Four Arab states said Wednesday they’ll continue their diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar after the Gulf nation responded negatively to their list of demands a month after a regional crisis began.
Ministers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt met in Cairo to weigh possible further sanctions against Qatar in a dispute that has aroused deep concern among Western allies of the region’s ruling dynasties.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani maintained that the list of 13 demands, delivered on June 22, was unacceptable.
The countries suspended diplomatic relations and cut off land, sea and air travel to Qatar in early June, accusing the country of funding terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East. Qatar has rejected those accusations.
Qatar had until Wednesday to reply to a list of 13 stipulations after the bloc agreed to extend the initial deadline by 48 hours.
Qatar, whose international diplomatic and commercial profile has risen dramatically in 20 years, driven largely by gas revenues, denies the charges.
The Qatari response was handed over by Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator in the dispute.