Qatar delivers response to demands

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt subjected Qatar to diplomatic and economic sanctions on June 23 and issued a list of 13 demands under threat of further action.

As the deadline was extended, Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani delivered a handwritten letter from the emir of Qatar to the emir of Kuwait, the country that has emerged as a mediator in the dispute that erupted last month.

Meanwhile, foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain are scheduled to meet in Cairo Wednesday to discuss the Qatari crisis, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday. "Qatar is prepared to face whatever consequences, but as, I have mentioned ... there is an global law that should not be violated and there is a border that should not be crossed".

It is not yet clear what further sanctions could be imposed 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.

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Qatar's Foreign Minister insisted that his country will formally deliver their response to Kuwait's Emir on Monday.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt - followed by a handful of other Muslim countries - abruptly cut off ties on 5 June over Doha's alleged funding of organisations considered terror groups by its neighbours and other meddling in foreign affairs.

Trump also participated in the diplomacy, making a series of telephone calls Sunday to the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Kuwait, which is mediating a peace deal, has secured a 48-hour extension to the deadline for Qatar to respond to the demands.

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He "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. Qatar denies the allegations.

The demands include a Turkish military base in Qatar and shutting the Al Jazeera Pan-Arab television network, which Doha also rejected.

The coalition presented Qatar with its requirements to end the standoff after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Saudi-led bloc to lay out its demands.

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