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Gulf rift: Qatar gives 3-day notice to lift 'siege', threatens to leave GCC

Refused to negotiate its sovereignty, reinforced its commitment to international laws

IANS  |  Cairo 

Qatar-Gulf rift, Qatar
File photo of a man walking on the corniche in Doha, Qatar on June 15, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)

has threatened to withdraw from 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 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.

Al Thani said is committed to laws and conventions, especially with regard to fighting and its financing, adding that will not negotiate on its

He added that his country would give a three-day notice to the 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), and issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar later last month, including closing 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 after the latter refused to accept demands.

They are scheduled to hold another foreign ministers' meeting, after the one held in Cairo, on July 5, in soon to discuss the next steps.

In response, Qatar has dismissed as "baseless" the Saudi-led bloc's accusations that it supports and interferes in their internal affairs.

There has been speculation that Saudi Arabia, the and would try to expel Qatar from the six-nation Cooperation Council, or even jeopardise Qatar's membership in the Arab League.

First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 12:12 IST