List of demands put to Qatar ‘unrealistic’: foreign minister

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP | Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani speaks during a joint press conference with his German counterpart in the Qatari capital Doha on July 4, 2017

DOHA (AFP) – Qatar’s foreign minister said Tuesday that demands put to Doha by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf diplomatic crisis were impossible to meet.”The list is unrealistic and is not actionable,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told reporters in Doha.

“It’s not about terrorism, it’s talking about shutting down the freedom of speech,” he said at a joint press conference after talks with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — who accuse Qatar of supporting extremism — gave Doha an extra 48 hours to meet their demands after an initial 10-day deadline expired on Sunday.

These demands included Doha closing broadcaster Al-Jazeera as well as downgrading diplomatic ties with…

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