“You can’t list demands and refuse to negotiate”: Qatar slams Saudi Arabia

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Qatar on Wednesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s refusal to negotiate the demands of the kingdom and its allies for ending a crippling embargo on the emirate. “This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can’t just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari Foreign Minister said in comments published in Doha.

The United Arab Emirates warned that Qatar should take the demands seriously or face “divorce” from its Gulf neighbours. “Our demands on Qatar are non-negotiable. It’s now up to Qatar to end its support for extremism and terrorism,” Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi Foreign Minister said.

With the support of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, the Saudis announced on June 5 they were suspending all ties with Qatar, accusing it of support for extremist groups — a claim Doha denies.

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