The four Arab countries leading the diplomatic block on Qatar said on Wednesday that it will continue their boycott undeterred, despite the United States and Doha signing a deal to combat terrorism on Tuesday.
Qatar signs anti-terrorism deal with US
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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, who lead several countries in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar, said the deal brokered between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Qatari counterpart was “not enough.”
The four Arab states said Doha “cannot be trusted”.
Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said that Qatar was the first such country in the Arab region to sign an anti-terrorism agreement with the United States.
The Saudi-led bloc accuses Qatar of backing terrorism, creating instability in the region, and criticizes their close ties with Iran.
Qatar has repeatedly and vehemently denied the charges.
Both Washington and Kuwait have been active in seeking to find a solution to the Gulf tensions.
Two weeks ago, Qatar was presented with a list of 13 demands that Doha called “unreasonable.”
In response to Qatar’s refusal to meet the demands within 10 days, and after a 48 hour extension, the four Arab states said they would take extended “political, economic, and legal measures”.
Video of Tuesday’s signing between the US and Qatar from the Washington Post.
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Published by: The New Union
Written by: Eli Ridder