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Saudi, allies give Qatar 48-hr extension

A K Azad : risingbd.com
Publish on: 2017-07-03 11:15:29 AM     ||     Updated: 2017-07-03 3:15:39 PM

International Desk: Saudi Arabia and its three Arab allies have given Qatar additional 48 hours to accept their demands as the initial deadline expired on Sunday.

The Gulf States-- Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, recently issued a list of 13 demands, including the shutting down of the Al Jazeera news network.

Otherwise, the alliance also threatened to impose further sanctions against Qatar.

The alliance of the Gulf States has said that it will submit its formal response in a letter delivered to Kuwait on Monday.

Qatar, however, denies accusations from its neighbours that it funds extremism.

The state's foreign minister will travel to Kuwait on Monday morning to deliver the letter, sent from the emir of Qatar to the emir of Kuwait, who is the main mediator in the Gulf crisis.

On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani said the state had rejected the demands, but was ready to engage in dialogue under the right conditions.

Qatar has been under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for weeks from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Source: Agencies

risingbd/Dhaka/July 03, 2017/A K Azad