President Hassan Rouhani has said it is Iran’s policy to expand ties with Qatar which been blockaded by some of its fellow neighboring Arab states.
Riyadh has laid down a list of 13 demands for Qatar, included the closure of Al-Jazeera, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. Kuwait has been trying to mediate the spat between Qatar and its Arab neighbors, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
He added: “The demands must be realistic and enforceable”.
Last week United Arab Emirates’ state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash warned that Qatar should take the demands seriously or face “divorce” from its Gulf neighbors.
Turkey’s president said his country “admires and embraces” Qatar’s attitude, while slamming the demands by arguing they contradict global law.
“The foundation of the dispute with Qatar is diplomatic and security-oriented, never military”, Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, said on Twitter.
“We continue to call on those countries to work together and work this out”. “… This approach of 13 demands is against worldwide law because you can not attack or intervene in the sovereignty of a country”.
The diplomatic crisis came two weeks after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt blocked several Qatari media outlets, including Al Jazeera, over comments allegedly made by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al-Hamad Al-Thani. Qatar said the website was hacked.
“Severance of ties with Iran coupled with the shutting down of Al Jazeera TV [the preconditions set by Saudis for Qatar] would be a prelude to a coup against the Qatari emir”, he said.
An influential Republican senator says he’ll withhold approval of US weapons sales to several Middle Eastern allies until there is a clear path for settling a diplomatic crisis with Qatar (KUH’-tur).