has threatened to withdraw from Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC), by setting conditions for the Saudi-led bloc.
Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani on Monday sent a letter to Secretary General of the GCC
Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, setting his country's conditions so as not to withdraw from the GCC, Xinhua reported citing MENA news agency.
He added that his country would give a three-day notice to the Gulf
countries to lift the "siege" imposed on Qatar
and compensate it for the political and economic losses. Following the deadline, Qatar
will officially announce its withdrawal from the GCC, according to the letter.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain
issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar
later last month, including closing Al-Jazeera
TV station, stopping financing and supporting terrorism, and downgrading its ties with Iran, as major preconditions for ending their boycott.
The four countries vowed to take further political, economic and legal steps to tighten the screws on Doha
after the latter refused to accept demands.
They are scheduled to hold another foreign ministers' meeting, after the one held in Cairo, Egypt
on July 5, in Bahrain
soon to discuss the next steps.
In response, Qatar
has dismissed as "baseless" the Saudi-led bloc's accusations that it supports terrorism
and interferes in their internal affairs.
There has been speculation that Saudi Arabia, the UAE
would try to expel Qatar
from the six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council, or even jeopardise Qatar's membership in the Arab League.