Gulf Crisis: Qatar hands response to crisis-mediator Kuwait

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With the deadline expiring at the end of Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt made a decision to give Doha an extension to respond positively to their demands after a request by Kuwait, which is acting as a mediator in the Gulf crisis.

On Wednesday, the foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will meet in Cairo in order to discuss the situation with Qatar.

The countries presented Doha with a list of 13 demands via the conflict's moderator, Kuwait, and warned further sanctions if Qatar does not comply.

During a visit to Rome, Mr Thani refused once more to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a blockade on his country.

"I hope we don't come to a stage where a military intervention is made but we always stand ready", adding that, "We are here to defend our country".

The meeting was also attended by Kuwaiti Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, according to Kuwait's official KUNA news agency.


Kuwait is playing the role of mediator to resolve the crisis between Qatar and each of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Qatar submitted its response to the coalition's 13 demands on Monday (July 3), but no details have emerged.

Meanwhile, Qatar on Monday responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give a defiant Doha another 48 hours to address their grievances.

The content of the letter has not been revealed, though Al Thani had earlier said that the demands were virtually certain to be rejected.

Qatar denies the charges that it was supporting "terrorism and extremism".

"The meeting comes in the frame of coordinating stances, and consultations between the four countries to decide on future steps on dealing with Qatar, as well as an exchange of visions and evaluation over worldwide and regional calls over the matter", the statement read.

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