Arab States Issue 13-Point Ultimatum To Qatar: Cut Ties With Iran, Close Al-Jazeera, Shutter Turkish Base

By ZeroPointNow, originally published at iBankCoin

Two days after a confused US State Department formally inquired about what is going on between Arab States and Qatar, the countries of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Baahrain, and the UAE sent a list of 13 demands to the tiny Gulf nation to be met within 10 days in order to lift their total blockade of the country.

Among them - reducing diplomatic relations with Iran, shutting down broadcaster Al Jazeera (and affiliates), and immediately cease working to open a Turkish military base announced in May of 2016 and halt military co-operation with Ankara. Also interesting is the demand that Qatar give up their intel on terrorist groups they have supported and "provide all databases related to oppositionists..." (Scroll down for full list of demands)

This formal list comes on the heels of a June 6th rumor that Arab States issued a list of 10 demands to be fulfilled within 24 hours, however Qatar said they never received them according to Al Jazeera journalists who are now dusting off their resumes.

The list of demands encompasses other accusations that have already been denied by Qatari officials, raising the prospect of deadlock in the worst crisis to hit the Gulf in decades. Qatar’s foreign minister previously said any demand to close Al Jazeera would be rejected, describing the channel as an “internal affair” linked to Qatar’s sovereignty that should not be the subject of external interference. Arab states have long complained that Al Jazeera’s Arabic language channel is a propaganda tool that stokes tensions in the region. Al Jazeera insists it has editorial independence

The list specifies that Doha sever ties to radical jihadist groups such as Isis, al-Qaeda and its branch in Syria, as well as Lebanon’s Shia group Hizbollah. Qatar, the world’s top exporter of liquefied natural gas, admits that it supports Islamist groups, but denies backing or financing terrorism.

“These requirements must be met within 10 days from the date of delivery or they will be considered void,” the Arab states said in their list of demands. 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.

Embargo

On June 5th, news broke that Bahrain, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt had cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations of 'spreading chaos' by 'funding terrorism and supporting Iran' - shutting down all land, sea, and air crossings with the tiny energy-rich nation that has the highest per capita income in the world. Qatari visitors and residents were given two weeks to leave - while diplomats had just 48 hours.

While Qatar has been friendly with Iran for years, the prelude to the embargo began after a broadcast which showed Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani speaking with no audio - and scrolling text at the bottom of the screen which stated his support for Iran and terrorist groups. Qatar claims the broadcast was 'hacked.'

After the broadcast, Saudi Arabia and the UAE blocked Qatari news organization Al-Jazeera.

Amid Qatar’s denials, Saudi-owned satellite television networks immediately began airing repeated stories about the disputed comments. By early Wednesday morning, those living in the UAE and subscribers to local cable providers couldn’t access the channels of Al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab satellite broadcaster based in the Qatari capital, Doha.

 

Attempts to reach its websites brought up a warning from the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority saying the site “contains content that is prohibited.”

 

In Saudi Arabia, internet users also found Al-Jazeera websites blocked with a warning from the kingdom’s Culture and Information Ministry.

-WaPo

Full List of demands (translated by @hxhassan)

  1. Qatar must reduce diplomatic representation with Iran
  2. Qatar must immoderately shut down the Turkish military base that is being established
  3. Qatar must announce severance of ties with terrorist, ideological & sectarian orgs: MB, ISIS, AQ, HTS, Hizbollah
  4. Qatar must cease any funding activities to extremist and terrorist individuals
  5. Qatar must hand over all designated terrorists
  6. Qatar must shut down Al Jazeera and all affiliated channels
  7. Qatar must stop interference in these countries' domestic andforeign affairs; stop naturalisation of their citizens; extradite such citizens
  8. Qatar must provide reparations to these countries for any opportunity costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies. (How do they even begin to comply with this in 10 days?)
  9. Qatar must become in sync with its Gulf and Arab neighbourhood on all levels, and to activate Riyadh Agreement 2013/2014
  10. Qatar must provide all databases related to oppositionists that it provided support to & clarify what help was provided.
  11. Qatar must all media outlets backed by it directly or indirectly, like Arabi21, Rasd, New Arab, Middle East Eye, Mkamlin, Sharq etc
  12. These demands must be agreed within 10 days, otherwise they would be invalidated.
  13. Agreement will involve clear goals and mechanism, monthly reports in the first year, every three months the next & annually for 10 years

If these demands are not met, and they likely won't be - it may only be a matter of time before Qatar catches a case of regime change now that the Saudi alliance will have a "pretext" demonstrating Qatari non-compliance with a "goodwill" offer.

Comments

MrBoompi French Bloke Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:35 Permalink

I'm sure the Saudis, as well as many others, would like the Qatari gas fields.  But it is only speculation the Saudi's oil is rapidly being depleted.  What we know for a fact is that due to the low price of oil, their revenues have dropped sharply.  And their arms purchases have no doubt put a dent in the cash flow.  The average Saudi who's well being was dependent on oil revenue might be struggling.

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Grumbleduke Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:28 Permalink

sounds like the EU delivering demands to Hungary or Poland.14. Get on your knees, and suck our dicks!15. Prepare for war in which you will be a patsy (that's for the Baltics...)

Ghordius Grumbleduke Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:34 Permalink

lol. sureyou possibly know that those 6 countries were engaged in a project that took it's cue from the EU. including a common currencynope. the EU does not issue demands, particularly not such like Qatar is receiving. it reminds members of their written, agreed and ratified contracts/treatiesdo you see the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bringing Qatar to a pre-selected and pre-agreed... court of law? no? then your silly remark is just this, silly

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Ghordius French Bloke Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:24 Permalink

a common currency called Dinar, not the eurothe organization is called Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cooperation_Council"A 2011 proposal to transform the GCC into a "Gulf Union" with tighter economic, political and military coordination has been advanced by Saudi Arabia, a move meant to counterbalance the Iranian influence in the region.[9][10] Objections have been raised against the proposal by other countries.[11][12] In 2014, Bahrain prime minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said that current events in the region highlighted the importance of the proposal.[13] ""In 2014, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia took major steps to ensure the creation of a single currency. Kuwait's finance minister said the four members are pushing ahead with the monetary union but said some “technical points” need to be cleared. "A common market and common central bank would also position the GCC as one entity that would have great “influence on the international financial system" he added. The implementation of a single currency and the creation of a central bank is overseen by the Monetary Council.[27] "note that there were speculations if that common Dinar was going to be gold-backed

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Ghordius Jubal Early (not verified) Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:20 Permalink

Jubal, thanks for the link. but where do you see the EU demand, in this RT article?first, the Minsk Accords are peaceful diplomacy. whereas Russia sits with Ukraine, France and Germany at a table and agrees on pointssecond, the continuation of the current sanctions is one thing. one that is not holding Russia to continue to talk and have peaceful diplomacy with France and Germanythird, the other thing: at the last (pre-) G7 meeting, the UK and the US were asking for more sanctions against Russia. to which France, Italy and Germany replied with a choir of "NON, NO, NEIN"context, Jubal, context. and you are not qualified to call me a traitor, particularly not so genericallyand your "voluntary agreed Bwaaa" is neither here nor there: expand and prove your point. for example with ratification votesback to the article: this is not diplomacy of the kind seen involving the EU. this is an ultimatum. learn about the difference, it's substantialedit: here is, btw, the RT article about the NEW US Sanctions against Russia: https://www.rt.com/news/392791-putin-us-sanctions-relations/

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Jubal Early (not verified) Ghordius Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:47 Permalink

Ghordius, you act as if news announcements from the EU are gospel truth because they come from the EU. You might as well be a neocon droning on about "syrian gas attacks".That these sanctions are against the wishes of the vast majority of citizens in the Med region is indisputable by any resonable person, that would of course exclude whores like you.  And even after years of anti-Russian propaganda that would make Goebbels proud the vast majority of Europeans would also be against continuing these sanctions.  Only Jews, MIC pimps and EU whores go along with this insane march to the next war for greater israel.  The mere fact that you would try to argue that the peoples of the EU, and the politicians they elect, voted unanimously for continued provocations against Russia is proof that you are a ZOG whore.Here is another example of what your cronies are up to:

"A Jerusalem synagogue was vandalized with Nazi swastikas spray-painted on the walls, police say, adding that the perpetrators also tried to burn holy books. A mentally unstable Ultra-Orthodox Haredi man was reportedly arrested in connection with the incident."

You Shabboz goyim and your Jewish owners really ought to lay off of all these false flags or else your entire narrative will collapse and the 1000 years of lies that you have managed to cover up will become exposed and you will face retribution.

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Ghordius Jubal Early (not verified) Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:57 Permalink

"The mere fact that you would try to argue that the peoples of the EU, and the politicians they elect, voted unanimously for continued provocations against Russia is proof that you are a ZOG whore."interesting, but I have problems understanding the syntax/grammar of this sentence. could you rephrase? the proof that I am a ZOG whore is...? while you are at it, where exactly is the connection to Zionism, in all that? that tantalizing "1000 years of lies", toomeanwhile, it's still OT, isn't it?

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Ghordius cheech_wizard Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:24 Permalink

that's a link to the Express. an infamous British tabloid. with a typical headline that is a lie and has little to do with the articlewhich, btw, contains this nugget of truth: "The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is expected to look into the legality of the migrant quotas with a judgment..."which, again, is exactly what I was writing above: the EU Commission took this to court, which is going to check who is right, based on the shared treatiesdo you see demands in the article? no? eh... look, it's simple: if you want to read British tabloids, you have to be able to filter the lies. particularly in the headlines

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Ghordius Jubal Early (not verified) Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:07 Permalink

and... did you check on the dates of those articles? 2016, 2015, 2015, 2015, 2015we have 2017. the issue, for the 100th time, has been taken to courtthe result of all this "forcing" was Poland taking 22 hospitalized refugees, to be returned as soon as they are well againagain: NO REFUGEES (except the 22 mentioned) WERE FORCED UPON THOSE EASTERN EU COUNTRIESbesides, how do you "force" them anyway? invasion? that's what the KSA is threatening, isn't it?I repeat: how can you call that "forcing", if nothing happened yet, and a court ruling is still out?

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BorisTheBlade AG17 Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:10 Permalink

Being pushed into the corner, Qatar may take the list and read it opposite to the demanded, i.e:

  1. Qatar must reduce [read: strengthen] diplomatic representation with Iran
  2. Qatar must immoderately shut down [read: build it A-fucking-SAP] the Turkish military base that is being established
  3. Qatar must announce severance of ties with terrorist, ideological & sectarian orgs: MB, ISIS, AQ, HTS, Hizbollah [LOL: Saudi, you go first]
  4. Qatar must cease any funding activities to extremist and terrorist individuals [see point 3]
  5. Qatar must hand over all designated terrorists [see above, points 3 and 4]
  6. Qatar must shut down Al Jazeera and all affiliated channels [increase funding]
  7. Qatar must stop interference in these countries' domestic andforeign affairs; stop naturalisation of their citizens; extradite such citizens [please refer to point 3 for direction]
  8. Qatar must provide reparations to these countries for any opportunity costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies. (How do they even begin to comply with this in 10 days?) - how do you even calculate that? opportunity costs? i mean even methodology for such shit will make Damodaran head spin 360 degrees in five dimensions.
  9. Qatar must become in sync with its Gulf and Arab neighbourhood on all levels, and to activate Riyadh Agreement 2013/2014 [all levels? top-to-bottom including treating slave labor according to the same standard as Saudi, public beheadings as well?]
  10. Qatar must provide all databases related to oppositionists that it provided support to & clarify what help was provided. [bleachbit ASAP]
  11. Qatar must all media outlets backed by it directly or indirectly, like Arabi21, Rasd, New Arab, Middle East Eye, Mkamlin, Sharq etc [see point 6]
  12. These demands must be agreed within 10 days, otherwise they would be invalidated. [fine, invalidate them]
  13. Agreement will involve clear goals and mechanism, monthly reports in the first year, every three months the next & annually for 10 years [akin to surrendering sovereignty]

I suspect Saudi compiled the list knowing Qatar will refuse such demands, following that they are prepared to enforce that [read: confront both Turkey and Iran head on simultaneously]. Else, there's no room for negotiation contained even in any of the points.

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