Qatar looks unlikely to accept demands, faces sanctions

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Newstalk ZB staff,
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Monday, 3 July 2017, 7:57AM
Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani (Getty Images).

Qatar is hours away from facing sanctions, unless it accepts demands from its neighbours which are accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

The demands include closing a Turkish military base in Qatar, and shutting down Al Jazeera.

Hugh Miles editor of Arab Digest.org told Andrew Dickens at it's root, is a disagreement between the Arabs about how they should be ruled in future.

"Whether it should be a continuation of the past with these unelected autocratic regimes in charge, or whether they should have a new model which is propagated by Al Jazeera that they should allow Islamic democracy if you like."

LISTEN ABOVE AS HUGH MILES OF ARABDIGEST.ORG SPOKE TO ANDREW DICKENS ON EARLY EDITION

 

Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the demands were designed to not be met.

"None of the countries and our international allies is going to accept a sudden escalation in that region. The region is vital for the entire world, it's not just vital for the Arab region."

Arab states gave Doha a list of ultimatums after accusing it of supporting terrorism.

CNN's Jomana Karadsheh said Qatar's never shown any inkling of caving in.

"It as pretty clear that it was going to be highly unlikely to see the Qatarese agreeing to comply with this list of sweeping demands that they described as unrealistic."

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