QATAR complained yesterday that four Arab nations which have been blockading it over alleged terror funding links are making compliance impossible due to “conflicting demands.”
On Tuesday Saudi UN ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi appeared to drop a previous ultimatum of 13 demands on Qatar — including closing the al-Jazeera news network — in favour of six anti-terrorist “principles.”
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt were criticised by government spokesman Sheikh Saif Al Thani, who said: “These latest comments are another example of the dangerous and disorganised manner in which the illegal blockade has been conducted.
“At first there were no demands, but following pressure from mediating countries, the blockaders leaked a list of demands that was quickly deemed neither reasonable nor actionable.”
Sheikh Saif said said there has been no official communication made to Qatar directly or via the United States or Kuwait, which have tried to mediate the crisis.
Meanwhile the Iranian Students’ News Agency said Kuwait had expelled Tehran’s ambassador Alireza Enayati on 48 days’ notice “under the pressure of Saudi interventionist policies.”
Earlier the Kuwait News Agency said the government had ordered the closure of the Iranian cultural mission and a reduction in the diplomatic staff.
It linked the decision to the 2015 discovery of a terrorist cell authorities alleged had contacts with Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Iran’s official IRNA agency said the Foreign Ministry had summoned the Iranian chargé d’affaires to protest and to demand an explanation.