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Qatar responds to the demands

In a latest development, Qatar’s foreign minister has delivered an official response to a list of demands from the Saudi-led bloc ahead of a Wednesday deadline.

Qatar has consistently rejected those allegations and already indicated it would not comply with the demands, saying they were so extreme they seemed deliberately designed to be rejected.

The crisis began on June 5, as the countries cut off diplomatic ties to Qatar over their allegations the world’s top producer of liquefied natural gas used its wealth to fund extremist groups and had overly warm ties to Iran.

In Kuwait, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani delivered the letter from the ruler of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, to the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who has been the main mediator during this crisis. The letter’s contents are not yet known.

The White House said Mr Trump had urged unity and reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology.

It is widely belived that if Qatar does not agree to the demands, the nations are planning to push forward with financial sanctions or push the country out of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional body that serves as a counterbalance to Iran.

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