UAE Warns Qatar To Accept Demands Or Face ‘Divorce’:

Asia Middle East Forum

ABU DHABI:  The United Arab Emirates warned Qatar Friday that it faces “divorce” from its Gulf neighbours unless it takes their demands seriously, as the United Nations offered to help resolve the regional diplomatic crisis.

The list of demands includes the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a long-standing source of conflict between Doha and neighbouring countries which accuse it of fomenting regional strife.

The Qatar-based broadcaster denounced the move as an attack on media freedom.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s state minister for foreign affairs, issued the warning more than two weeks into the oil-rich region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years.

“It would be wiser that (Qatar) deal seriously with the demands and concerns of the neighbours or a divorce will take place,” he wrote on Twitter.

The demands confirm that “the crisis is profound,” Gargash added.

The affair has also drawn in the United States, whose Secretary of State Rex Tillerson…

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