Saudi Arabia says no negotiations over Qatar demands

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey rejected as ‘fake’ the news reportedly advising Saudi citizens to refrain from traveling to Turkey
Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey rejected as ‘fake’ the news reportedly advising Saudi citizens to refrain from traveling to Turkey
Author

28 June, 2017

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday he would block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council pending progress in resolving a simmering dispute with Qatar.

Senator Bob Corker in a letter to the State Department said that rift between the allies has weakened the fight against the Islamic State and Iran.

U.S. allies in the Gulf have been divided into two groups; one side grouping Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, plus Egypt and several other Arab-Islamic countries, and on the other side, Qatar accused by its neighbors of funding terrorism - a charge the rich-gas tiny monarchy rejects.

Major foreign arms sales from USA companies must be approved by the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee before a statutory, 30-day congressional review process.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain severed all diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar on June over its alleged links to terror groups.

Under the foreign arms sale process with the Pentagon and State Department, if any one of those four lawmakers disapproves of a sale, it does not move forward to be formally notified to Congress.

"Our demands on Qatar are non-negotiable".

More news: Immigration Patriots 'Thrilled' About Trump Tossing Out DAPA

In his letter, Corker said he was pleased with President Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, which included a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which groups Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

Gabriel said it would be hard for Qatar to accept all 13 demands on the "very provocative list", speaking at a European Council on Foreign Relations meeting in Berlin.

They also imposed a trade blockade of Qatar, a travel ban on Qatari nationals, and even deported 15,000 Qatari-owned camels from their summer pastures in Saudi Arabia.

A government spokesman in Doha said the list confirmed that "the illegal blockade has nothing to do with combating terrorism - it is about limiting Qatar's sovereignty, and outsourcing our foreign policy".

But his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, acknowledged on Sunday that some of the demands issued by its neighbours would "be very hard to meet" and called for "dialogue leading to resolution".

He called for Qatar and the other Arab countries to "sit together" to work through the list.

While Secretary Tillerson will continue efforts to "ease the tension" by "lowering of rhetoric" of the conflict, the unwavering deadline set by the boycotting coalition continues to approach without any word on whether Qatar will agree to any of these terms and whether the rest of the Gulf States will entertain further negotiation.


More news


  • Sports Minister: Seoul Mulls Co-Hosting 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics With N Korea

    Sports Minister: Seoul Mulls Co-Hosting 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics With N Korea

    USA officials arranged for his release last week, but Warmbier arrived home in OH in a coma-like state with severe brain damage. Mr Do also suggested forming an inter-Korean women's ice hockey team to compete at the Winter Games, which open in February.
    BJP parliamentary board to discuss presidential poll options

    BJP parliamentary board to discuss presidential poll options

    BJP president Amit Shah pointed out towards the party policy of considering the welfare of the Nation on priority basis. Under a complex electoral formula, the BJP and its allies control 48.1 per cent of votes in the electoral college.
    There was a major Little Mermaid reference in Wonder Woman

    There was a major Little Mermaid reference in Wonder Woman

    In her photo , she captioned, "sleepless night, colic, three months old baby and early wake up by my 5-year-old". She is one of the best representatives of Israel simply because she carries Israel in her heart.
  • UK's May cracks joke about election disaster

    Moody's Investors Service said the inconclusive election outcome would complicate and "probably delay" negotiations with the EU. The party supports keeping Britain within the EU's single market, which allows for the free flow of goods, services and people.

    Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russian Federation investigators

    Feinstein has said the Judiciary Committee should investigate, but had asked Grassley to keep the investigations separate. Mr Trump has called the initial Washington Post report a "phoney story" and a "witch hunt".

    Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

    Coming off a playoff loss to Ariya Jutanugarn last week in Canada, Thompson had six birdies and a bogey to reach 15-under 196. The course had been softened by rain earlier in the week, and it finally played the way the USGA wanted in the final round.
  • Wizkid Beats Stonebwoy to Top BET Award

    Following this year's Oscars Best Picture debacle, Jones said she's steeling herself for possible mistakes she might make onstage. Stonebwoy who won the 2015 BET Award for Best International Act: Africa, has been nominated again this year in the same category.

    Tech Titan CEOs Strategize at the White House

    The meeting was also notable for who didn't attend. "We're going to be working on it, and we're going to solve the problem". Jared Kushner , head of the White House Office of American Innovation , delivered remarks to the press during the summit.
    Fed: Biggest US banks strong enough to withstand recession

    Fed: Biggest US banks strong enough to withstand recession

    The Fed has changed the emphasis in stress scenarios from year-to-year to keep banks from managing their portfolios to the test. Warsh also hinted that the Fed could eventually be at risk of being dismantled if it doesn't make needed changes from within.
  • Champions Trophy 2017, England vs Pakistan

    I don't think there is a mental issue about getting over the line, however. "We played very good cricket, that's why we won". Pakistan don't do it consistently enough themselves but when they get it right they are the best in the world at it.
    A Fully Renewable Energy Grid Is Too Costly For Now

    A Fully Renewable Energy Grid Is Too Costly For Now

    The numbers bounce up and down throughout the year, with the percentage of non-hydroelectric renewables in 2016 ending up at 7%. Under the Clean Power Plan, it was estimated that renewables would surpass energy production from coal by 2040.
    Sonnen says boxing's integrity on the line in super fight

    Sonnen says boxing's integrity on the line in super fight

    I had to give the people what they want. "If they do what they're supposed to do and make us happy, yeah we'll move", Cube said. As boxing and UFC stars scramble to fight on the richest fight in history , Broner is the latest to offer his services.