We did question the need, the validity, and motivation behind these arrangements with Qatar, but Saudi Arabia and the three other countries that demanded the closure [of the Turkish base] - are they prepared to demand that closure of United States airbase in Qatar, as well? It maintains ties with a range of Islamist groups throughout the region, relationships that other countries have found useful when negotiating hostage releases but have complained about when those groups challenge their rule. The sanctioning countries demanded Qatar pay them reparations for any damage or costs incurred due to Qatari policies.
Anwar Gargash, the UAE's state minister for foreign affairs, said Qatar should yield to the demands.
Qatar today said it has dismissed a list of demands received from Saudi Arabia-led bock as neither reasonable or actionable, but said it is reviewing the document and preparing "an appropriate response".
While Saudi Arabia did not indicate what would happen if Qatar ignored the demands, but there are fears that Saudi Arabia could become even more confrontational.
An optimist might hope the other Sunni states have seen the error of their ways and intend to clean up their acts after reaching an agreement with Qatar, but that degree of optimism is hard to come by in the Middle East. The large kingdom and its allies have given the Gulf state just ten days to shut down Al-Jazeera and curb its ties with Iran.
Meanwhile, The United Arab Emirates on Friday warned of "divorce" with Qatar unless it takes seriously a list of demands including the closure of Al-Jazeera television, as a diplomatic crisis drags on.
As well as cutting diplomatic ties, Qatar's neighbours closed their air space to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate's only land border, vital for its food imports.
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The Guardian also quotes the English-language managing director of Al-Jazeera, which is the most-watched network in the Arab world, insisting that efforts to shut down the operation were "nothing but an attempt to muzzle a voice of democracy in the region and suppress freedom of expression".
The list of demands has not been officially confirmed.
At the time, the Qatari foreign minister also said he would need to know specific demands from the four Arab countries in order to move past the deadlock. But the country acknowledges that it allows members of some extremist groups such as Hamas to reside in Qatar, arguing that fostering dialogue with those groups is key to resolving global conflicts.
The four countries cut ties with Qatar earlier this month over allegations that it funds terrorism - an accusation U.S. president Donald Trump has echoed. Qatar has denied the accusations.
"They asked all countries to ally with them against Iran; Qatar knew the cost and avoided it", he said.
The ultimatum presented to Qatar also includes demands that the natural gas-rich state stop funding a host of other news outlets including Arabi21, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye. According to the document, if Qatar agrees to the terms, it will undergo a monthly examination during the first year following the agreement, before switching to once every three months during the second year.
If Qatar agreed to the conditions its compliance would be closely monitored for 10 years.