Turkey rejects Arab terms to Qatar, US says are 'difficult'

The four Arab governments delivered the demands to Qatar through mediator Kuwait on Thursday, more than two weeks after severing all ties with the emirate and imposing an embargo.

He described the six-member, Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council that includes his country and Qatar as being in a state of crisis as a result of the standoff, and he referred to Qatar as a "Trojan horse" within the once close-knit group of Arab monarchies that would be isolated for the long term if it does not capitulate.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain imposed a boycott on June 5 on Qatar and issued 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television, curbing relations with Iran, shutting the Turkish base and paying reparations.

Tillerson also said "a lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension", between the countries.

Gargash criticized Qatar over disclosing the demands, saying the move has dealt a "blow" to mediation efforts.

On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, quoted by Al Jazeera, said: "The US secretary of state recently called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was "reasonable and actionable".

Gargash said that if Qatar fails to comply within the 10-day timeline set out in the ultimatum, it will be isolated.

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On June 23, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik had told a local broadcaster that the base in Qatar supports the security and stability of Gulf countries, and any call to shut the base acts as interference in Turkey's ties with Qatar.

"What we are talking about here is an attack on the sovereign rights of a state", he said. "Their role should be to put pressure on Qatar", said Gargash.

Moreover, Qatar is demanded to pay financial compensation, although the sum was not reported.

Turkey has been a powerful and outspoken regional ally of Qatar after the Arab countries cut diplomatic ties.

Saudi Arabia has also sealed its land border with Qatar, geographically isolating it. "It is a breach of Qatar's sovereignty rights".

Qatar's Foreign Ministry said it was "studying" the list, "in order to prepare an appropriate response". Qatar rejects those accusations and says it is being punished for straying from its neighbors' backing for authoritarian rulers.

A decision on Friday by the Montreal-based ICAO to a hold a briefing comes after Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker expressed concerns that the United Nations agency was not working quickly enough to solve the crisis.

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