Turkey rejects call to shut military base in Qatar

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There was no immediate response from Qatar but Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said earlier that it would not negotiate until the punitive measures were lifted.

On Saturday, the head of the government communications office, Sheikh Saif Al Thani, said the demands were aimed at "limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy" and were not reasonable, as called for by the USA state department.

Qatar said Saturday a list of demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies to end their blockade was not "reasonable" and "actionable".

The other Arab states demand that Qatar cease interfering in their internal politics, break all ties with opposition groups, and produce files documenting all of the support they have previously given to the political opposition in nations like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

After mounting pressure from the U.S. state department to present a precise - and "reasonable" - list of demands to Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt sent a list, via Kuwaiti mediators, that detailed far-reaching requirements amounting to a complete reorientation of Doha's foreign policy and strategy for projecting its influence.

The UAE state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said the dispute could be resolved "through diplomacy if Qatar renounces its support for extremism and terrorism".

In a 13-point list - presented to the Qataris by Kuwait, which is helping mediate the crisis - the countries also demand an end to Turkey's military presence in Qatar.

Saudi Arabia itself has issued this ultimatum at a time when the Gulf, and the Middle East, are unsettled and feeling the influence of Iran in many areas, including Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, although Iran's fingers have made inroads into other nations as well.

Qatar's state-funded satelite broadcaster Al Jazeera became hugely popular across the Middle East, but has long infuriated Arab governments used to exercising firm control over the media in their countries.

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"The list of demands circulated in media clearly indicates that this dispute is not about our neighbors false terrorism allegations, AlThani tweeted early in the morning".

"Any call to close down or curtail Al-Jazeera is nothing but an attempt to muzzle a voice of democracy in the region and suppress freedom of expression", Giles Trendle, the acting managing director of Al-Jazeera English, told The Associated Press by phone from its Doha headquarters.

He claimed the demands were proof that sanctions against Qatar were "nothing to do with combating terrorism" and were more about limiting its sovereignty and outsourcing its foreign policy.

Both within and outside the administration, even critics of Qatar are divided over the diplomatic crisis and the prospects for resolution.

According to Khoshcheshm, those include Qatar's ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, strong ties with Hamas "that gave them a say on the Israeli-Palestinian" issue, and also its relations with Iran.

Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added.

Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council with Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The document did not specify what the countries will do if Qatar refuses to comply. For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.

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