Saudi Grants Qatar 2-Day Ultimatum Extension As Saudi King Unexpectedly Skips G-20 Summit

With the original ultimatum issued by four Arab states accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism, expiring at midnight on Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition agreed to extend the deadline for Doha to comply with its list of demands until late on Tuesday a, even as U.S. President Donald Trump voiced concern to both sides about the dispute. According to a joint statement posted on Saudi state news agency SPA, the four countries agreed to a request by Kuwait to extend by 48 hours Sunday's deadline for compliance. They have not specified what further sanctions they could impose on Doha, but commercial bankers in the region believe that Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini banks might receive official guidance to pull deposits and interbank loans from Qatar.

As Reuters adds, foreign ministers from the four countries will meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss Qatar, while Arab media reported that Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani arrived in Kuwait on Monday to deliver Doha's formal response to the Arab demands. Mediation efforts, including by the U.S., have so far proven fruitless after the four states cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism, meddling in their internal affairs and advancing the agenda of regional foe Iran, all of which Qatar denies.

Separately, Trump spoke to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in the UAE to discuss his "concerns about the ongoing dispute", the White House said.

"He reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology. The president also underscored that unity in the region is critical to accomplishing the Riyadh Summit's goals of defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability," the White House said. "President Trump, nevertheless, believes that the overriding objective of his initiative is the cessation of funding for terrorism," it said.

On Monday morning, Trump tweeted that he "spoke yesterday with the King of Saudi Arabia about peace in the Middle-East. Interesting things are happening!"

Meanwhile, Qatari officials say the demands are so strict that the four countries never seriously intended them as a negotiating position and see them as being aimed at hobbling Doha's sovereignty. As we reported over the weekend, Qatar called the charges baseless and says the demands, which include closing al Jazeera TV and ejecting Turkish troops based there, are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected with the Qatar Foreign Minister saying that "There is no fear from our direction. We are ready to face the consequences."

Still, Qatar said it is interested in negotiating a fair and just solution to "any legitimate issues" of concern to fellow member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

As we discussed last weekend, the UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, has played down the chances of an escalation, saying "the alternative is not escalation but parting ways", suggesting Qatar may be forced out of the GCC. Gulf countries have insisted the demands were non- negotiable.

While it appears that neither side is particularly interested in escalating the Qatar "crisis" to its next level, whatever it may be, the most interesting news came out this morning when Reuters reported that Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz will not attend a July 7-8 summit of the Group of 20 leading global economies in Hamburg, Germany, a German government spokesman said on Monday, providing no reason for the decision.

Steffen Seibert said the Saudi government had notified Berlin that the 81-year-old monarch would not participate in the annual meeting of G20 leaders. It was not immediately clear what prompted the monarch's sudden change in plans.


Give Me Some Truth tmosley Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:27 Permalink

BTW, can someone please explain to me how one "defeats terrorism?""Terroism" is a TACTIC. It is used by people who cannot effectively fight their adversaries via conventional military means (divisions of massed soldiers, lots of tanks, naval ships, bombers, etc.)Anyway, I'm betting that "terroism" will not be defeated. We've been fighting "it" for a while now. As far as I can tell, it doesn't seem to be losing. 

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sinbad2 Give Me Some Truth Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:55 Permalink

You can defeat terrorism by stopping oppression. All the countries that currently produce terrorists are oppressed by the USA, but Indians committed terrorist attacks when India was oppressed by Britain. Morroco produced terrorists when it was oppressed by France, and Cuba produced terrorists when it was oppressed by the USA.But you are right that it is a tactic, but it is also a term used by oppressors, against people who fight against them, for example, if an Arab kills Americans, it's a terror attack, but if an American kills Arabs, it's a police action.

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el buitre LA_Goldbug Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:07 Permalink

It was accepted insider knowledge that this "King Salman," has less wits about himself than a Canadian King Salmon due to advanced alzheimers since the day of his inaugeration.  Of course, I view all royalty as a psy-ops cloak for thuggery, but in the case of the Saudis it reaches the point of hilarity assuming one has not lost one's head over it.  I don't think this "King" has ever left the borders of Saudi, not because he is afraid of a coup, but because the cameras would catch them wiping the drool from his chin.

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mendigo Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:06 Permalink

Qatar needs to rethink its alliances - clearly there is no future with unstable Saudis/Isreal. Should embargo us for supporting terrorism and tampering in internal affairs.

tbone10 (not verified) Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:09 Permalink

Another nothingburger Story by Turden but this shit is real here CNN has an exclusive coming out tonight 8 p.m. don't miss it.“But here it is: word is, for many years, Melania’s been having an affair with the head of security at Tiffany’s in the Trump Tower lobby…with DT’s knowledge. They had an agreement (written, I think) that if DT lost the election, they’d get divorced. But then he won. So they had to renegotiate the agreement. She is imprisoned in that marriage for as long as he’s president. Again: this is kind of obvious already to anyone with eyes. Melania looks miserable. But this would be a broader illustration of why. Also it’s why she doesn’t leave New York.”

Atomizer Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:11 Permalink

Qatar, your in time out for two days, misbehavior will land you into another two day time out. This is political correctness for you. Unfucking believable. 

HRClinton Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:13 Permalink

Re... "He reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology"So... "No more money an free stuff to Tel Aviv, and expose AIPAC for what it is"?LOL 

Atomizer HRClinton Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:29 Permalink

Yep. Be careful. Stay on a very secure server. I went fists to cuffs with ADL. They are miserable oxygen breathing low life scum. Just be careful.My advice to help protect you. Didn't take them on single handlely. Do it in large groups. We have shutdown their fucking bullshit numerous times. They go into hiding. They must feel renewed again. Well, that won't last long. ;)

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