Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Turkish exports to Qatar triple during Gulf crisis: trade minister

Turkish exports to Qatar triple during Gulf crisis: trade minister

Defense Minister Fikri Isik told Turkish broadcaster NTV that he had not yet seen a request for the closure of the base, but made clear Ankara had no plans to review a 2014 agreement with Qatar which led to it being set up.

Turkey has already rejected the demands.

Qatar also has to announce the termination of links with terrorists, and ideological and sectarian organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, theIslamic State, Qaeda, and Hezbollah.

Peter notes that these relationships with Iran and Turkey, which have gained strength as Qatar has sought help, might be a sign that the diplomatic pressure could backfire.

According to News Grid, Al Jazeera was cited as saying that they "condemn the demands" that their media outlet should be shut down, saying that it is "nothing short than a siege against the journalistic profession".

Other American officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have favored a less confrontational approach and called for mediation with Qatar, which hosts the regional headquarters of the U.S. Central command, the base of air operations for the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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The list was drafted almost three weeks after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic relations and cut land, sea and air links to Qatar, alleging that the Gulf state sponsors terrorism.

The four countries have given Doha just 10 days to meet the demands, and say that the list will become void if it fails to do so. Their document added that compliance would be heavily monitored - once a month for the first year, every three months the second year and once a year for 10 years after that. "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology".

It also insisted that Qatar expel citizens of the four countries from its territory, hand over any individuals suspected of terrorism, and provide detailed information about opposition figures that it has funded in other states. A copy of the list was obtained by The Associated Press and translated from Arabic.

Doha decisivelyrejects these accusations of its neighbors. Doha denies supporting terrorist groups. Those demands top a list that also includes broader conditions such as reparations payments and closer alignment with the Sunni Arab countries in the Persian Gulf. They returned eight months later after Qatar took some steps against Brotherhood members. Nor did the United States.

Pressure mounted on the Saudis and UAE earlier this week when the US State Department questioned the justification for the blockade.

Additionally, the four nations also demanded that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations, which has always been accused of publicising and fabricating news that incite sedition and support radical thoughts.

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