USA urges Arab states to reach resolution in dispute

USA urges Arab states to reach resolution in dispute

USA urges Arab states to reach resolution in dispute

U.S. Republican Senator Bob Corker said on Monday that he will not agree to any arms sales to countries in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) until its current dispute with Qatar is solved.

Last week, the four Arab countries reportedly gave Qatar 10 days to comply with a list of 13 demands to end the crisis, insisting, among others, that Qatar close the same Turkish military base that Khalifa had acknowledged as helping in the protection of the region's security during his Turkey visit earlier this month.

The document also listed the closure of the Qatari news channel Al Jazeera and the cutting of contacts with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood as preconditions for restoring good relations.

Bahrain, alongside Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants - then issued an ultimatum, including demands that Qatar shut down a Turkish military base in Doha.

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Doha, whose neighbours have closed their airspace to Qatari flights, has said it was reviewing the list of demands, but said it was not reasonable or actionable. "While some of the elements will be very hard for Qatar to meet, there are significant areas which provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to resolution".

"The disagreement with Qatar is a political and security dispute and has never been military", the Bahraini foreign minister said on Twitter.

Qatar said the demands confirmed "what Qatar has said from the beginning - the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combating terrorism, it is about limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy".

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"We consider these demands are against worldwide law", Erdogan was quoted as saying in Istanbul by the state-run Anadolu Agency. Tillerson also said a "lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension".

"Demanding that Turkey pull its soldiers is unfortunately also disrespectful toward Turkey", he said. "We believe that if there is a conflict between regional countries, pressure, threats or sanctions are not the right way to resolve differences", IRNA quoted Rouhani as telling Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, in a telephone call.

The US maintains its largest concentration of military personnel in the Middle East at Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.

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