Erdogan rejects Arab demands; Turkish troops stay in Qatar

  • Erdogan rejects Arab demands; Turkish troops stay in Qatar

Erdogan rejects Arab demands; Turkish troops stay in Qatar

Mr Tillerson had previously insisted any demands be "reasonable and actionable".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been working the phones for weeks in a bid to end the rift involving US allies, issued a carefully worded statement Sunday leaning toward Qatar's argument that the demands - or some of them at least - are unrealistic.

"We consider these demands against worldwide law", Mr Erdogan said after Eid Al Fitr prayers on Sunday morning.

That Qatar hosts a large U.S. military base and has the backing of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey likely makes any sort of attempt to oust the Emir by force virtually impossible.

Doha received a 13-point list from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain that included demands to shut down the media network Al-Jazeera and cut ties with Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Abu Dhabi // Qatar has begun a "careful review" of the 13 demands presented by other Arab states to end the dispute over Doha's support of extremist groups, the USA state department said on Sunday. "The airspace, land and sea of our country will always be open to Qatar as a brotherly and neighbouring country", Rouhani said. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves toward his supporters after the Eid al-Fitr prayers in Istanbul, early Sunday, June 25, 2017.

The request comes two days after the boycotting countries delivered a list of 13 demands to Doha and told the government it has 10 days to comply in order to restore ties with its neighbors.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate had accused Qatar of backing terrorism, a charge it denied. "Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda".

The Iranian president also highlighted the significance of unity and integrity in the Muslim world and said Tehran and Doha can undoubtedly cooperate with each other in this field. ".This approach of 13 demands is against worldwide law because you can not attack or intervene in the sovereignty of a country". They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism, the BBC added.

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his "unconditional support" for Qatar and denounced the Gulf States' demands as running "contrary to worldwide law". There are other countries involved...

The conditions have put Qatar under unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions for more than two weeks. He says "we see an attack against a state's sovereignty rights".