13 point ultimatum for Qatar

Qatar has been issued with a 13 point ultimatum and has been given 10 days to comply as Saudi Arabia and their allies pile the pressure on top of the blockade.

Guardian:  Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and its allies have issued a threatening 13-point ultimatum to Qatar as the price for lifting a two-week trade and diplomatic embargo of the country, in a marked escalation of the Gulf’s worst diplomatic dispute in decades.

The onerous list of demands includes stipulations that Doha close the broadcaster al-Jazeera, drastically scale back cooperation with Iran, remove Turkish troops from Qatar’s soil, end contact with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and submit to monthly external compliance checks. Qatar has been given 10 days to comply with the demands or face unspecified consequences.

Saudi Arabia and the other nations leading the blockade – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt – launched an economic and diplomatic blockade on the energy-rich country a fortnight ago, initially claiming the Qatari royal family had licensed the funding of terrorism across the Middle East for decades. Since then, the allies appear to be pushing for the isolation of Iran and the suppression of dissenting media in the region.

Ordering a shut down of Al Jazeera on it’s own should be of concern to Gezza, and anyone who values free press.

Qatar has become reliant on Turkey and Iran for food imports since the embargo was imposed on 5 June and insists with its huge wealth it can survive the embargo for an indefinite period.

Qatar is the richest country in the world per head of population.

In a sign that the UK does not regard the demands as reasonable, foreign secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday: “Gulf unity can only be restored when all countries involved are willing to discuss terms that are measured and realistic.

“The UK calls upon the Gulf states to find a way of de-escalating the situation and lifting the current embargo and restrictions which are having an impact on the everyday lives of people in the region.”

Sounds sensible but ineffective.

US policy towards Qatar so far has been marked by confusion. President Donald Trump has appeared to take credit for the Saudi embargo and described Qatar as a haven for terrorism.

By contrast, the State Department under Rex Tillerson has twice upbraided Saudi Arabia’s approach to Qatar and questioned its true motives in sparking the diplomatic crisis.

In recent days the State Department has been pressing Saudi to specify the actions Qatar must take to see the embargo lifted, but warned that those demands need to be “reasonable and actionable”.

The US has a large military base in Qatar. It also has an unpredictable president.

The demands:

  1. Curb diplomatic ties with Iran and close its diplomatic missions there. Expel members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and cut off any joint military cooperation with Iran. Only trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US and international sanctions will be permitted.
  2. Sever all ties to “terrorist organisations”, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaida and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Formally declare those entities as terrorist groups.
  3. Shut down al-Jazeera and its affiliate stations.
  4. Shut down news outlets that Qatar funds, directly and indirectly, including Arabi21, Rassd, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye.
  5. Immediately terminate the Turkish military presence in Qatar and end any joint military cooperation with Turkey inside Qatar.
  6. Stop all means of funding for individuals, groups or organisations that have been designated as terrorists by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the US and other countries.
  7. Hand over “terrorist figures” and wanted individuals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to their countries of origin. Freeze their assets, and provide any desired information about their residency, movements and finances.
  8. End interference in sovereign countries’ internal affairs. Stop granting citizenship to wanted nationals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries’ laws.
  9. Stop all contacts with the political opposition in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain. Hand over all files detailing Qatar’s prior contacts with and support for those opposition groups.
  10.  Pay reparations and compensation for loss of life and other, financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years. The sum will be determined in coordination with Qatar.
  11.  Consent to monthly audits for the first year after agreeing to the demands, then once per quarter during the second year. For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.
  12.  Align itself with the other Gulf and Arab countries militarily, politically, socially and economically, as well as on economic matters, in line with an agreement reached with Saudi Arabia in 2014.
  13.  Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid.

I really don’t know much about how things work in the Middle East but that list seems highly hypocritical, and must be designed to be impossible to comply with because some of those demands are not just ridiculous, they would amount to Qatar being controlled by foreign dictat.

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  1. Bill Brown

     /  June 25, 2017

    On a different angle but still Qatar – the huge investigation going on with the British SFO into Barclays Bank is ringing alarm bells to

    Was is a simple money laundering scam??

    Be interesting to see how it all unfolds but not ideal if a Brit bank is helping move funds through accounts which end up with terror groups

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    • Blazer

       /  June 25, 2017

      ‘not ideal’….I dare say ,there are many that would agree…old chap….just not..cricket.

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  2. David

     /  June 25, 2017

    Awful response once again from Boris and the English once again as they value the huge amount of dollars from Qatar who are well known financial backers of a rather extreme version of islamism, one would think the UK of all countries would welcome and support a change in ways by Qatar.

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    • Blazer

       /  June 25, 2017

      so what about Saudi Arabia?

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      • Gezza

         /  June 25, 2017

        Just nuke them. Most of the problems coming from the Middle East would disappear.

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      • David

         /  June 25, 2017

        The post was about Qatar. The Saudi,s get a bit of wriggle room being the sworn enemy of Iran and the royal family being a target of ISIS so their interests are aligned with the US and at at the end of the day we need a middle east solution to a middle east problem and the Saudi,s are the natural leaders of that.

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  3. David

     /  June 25, 2017

    The Trump approach to diplomacy is different and the world needs different, Trump approaches it like any negotiation where you put the other side off balance tack to an extreme position, throw in Tillerson and Mattis and then get your reasonable deal done. Hopefully works better than the endless dialogue with no results we have become used to.

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    • Brown

       /  June 25, 2017

      Yep, Arabs respect you only when they are frightened of you. I know a couple working in the Gulf States and it was enlightening to hear them talk about how corrupt the Arab states are despite the most severe laws against it. If its not bolted down it gets pinched and if it is bolted down they pinch a spanner to unbolt it. The facade of self discipline is very thin and what we would see as bad behaviour is just the cultural norm.

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    • artcroft

       /  June 25, 2017

      Dream on. The RealDonaldTrump strategy for negotiation:
      Step 1: Make promises you can’t deliver on
      Step 2: Blame the press
      Step 3: File for bankruptcy

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  4. So Saudi DEMANDS a sovereign nation does what Saudi wants…. Interesting.

    Saudi is a member of the UN, been on the UN Human Rights council [snigger what joke that is] but Saudi can just say what it likes, demand what it likes and Qatar have to roll over????

    What do the UN have to say? Or is Saudi exempt from criticism as the cradle of the religion of peace?

    The answer of course is the UN is a joke – has been seen the 60’s and is a pointless, expensive and ridiculous exercise in futility. The Security Council as a mechanism for the big boys to talk is useful but even that ultimately is all about theatre, the real work is country to country – the rest of the UN is a corrupt stinking mess full of thieves and hypocrisy of the highest order..

    Lets hope the Gulf States all turn on each other but no nukes are involved….

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    • Gezza

       /  June 25, 2017

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  June 25, 2017

      Well said dave, interesting to speculate on the consequences of the West abandoning the ME at least militarily. Goodbye to any pretence of democracy, another strongman the last one left standing? Surge in oil prices? Incubator for global terrorism. I’d be more comfortable if we could put a fence around the place while they sort themselves out

      Im not a fan of Robert Fisk but he has lived there for many years and has a reasonable understanding of the arab mindset. He appears to promote abandonment

      http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-why-does-life-in-the-middle-east-remain-rooted-in-the-middle-ages-1763252.html

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      • Gezza

         /  June 25, 2017

        He appears to promote abandonment.
        So do I. Have done for years. Ring fence. Let them sort out their shit themselves. When they have finished their bloodletting, we can talk to the survivors about better living.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  June 25, 2017

          Opens the door to Russian hegemony. Should the West be concerned?

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          • Gezza

             /  June 25, 2017

            Nup. Pussies.

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            • Gezza

               /  June 25, 2017

              Their hegemony in Afganistan didn’t do them a lot of good. A lot of bad, as I recall. Buggered the USSR.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  June 25, 2017

              Tend to agree. By the way I thought you batted Sir Al away well last night. He appeared to be a little unhinged by the logic, invoking the spirit of someone called Jones and resorting to invective

            • Gezza

               /  June 25, 2017

              Not always at his sharpest before walking the dogs, young fellow.
              Sometimes might need the odd bit of convincing with a brick.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  June 25, 2017

              It’s laundry and accounts day G, so feel free to speak candidly. No chance of a condescending one liner from the benighted one

            • Gezza

               /  June 25, 2017

              Jolly Good
              Sir Gerald.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 25, 2017

              Stick to the mill pond, Sir G. Haven’t managed to electrify that yet.

              Just pick-axed my way through 10m of brown rock to lay my cable. Coffee and croissant went down well in recovery mode. Lovely day now. Back to the front line to see if I can electrocute a bureaucrat before lunch. What kind of pants are you wearing?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 25, 2017

              Doesn’t look like a good insulator. Be careful how you wriggle.

  5. artcroft

     /  June 25, 2017

    That list reads like the Austro-Hungarian Ultimatum to Serbia. Never mind, no doubt the war will be over by Christmas.

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  6. Well some of the threads are interesting take on things. Let’s face the facts the Islamic extremists have been backed and supported by majority of the global leaders one time or another. Actually, US & Saudi Arabia are the main players and brought the groups to the world stage and gave them the voice.

    As we write militants in Syria are being supported, trained by the US & Western Alliances. They do not know who these militants real alliance lays, it is a known fact that we have paid of briberies in Afghanistan to Taliban when we where occupying the country. Vehicles used to go to the North into the mountains to be left with equipment and then few days later returned.

    There is other reasons behind the games played at the moment in Qatar

    https://wordpress.com/posts/homelessglobalspectator.wordpress.com

    With regards Barclay’s funding, this is not the first time banks have been caught doing something outside the banking laws…. However, instead of going to the government for a hand-out or bailout during the economy downturn they went to a wealthy country. Let’s look at banking industry today, they have not learned from mistakes in 2007 / 2008 and another recession will happen in the next few years. Which will be far worse than the last.

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    • Brown

       /  June 25, 2017

      I did read that the only point that mattered on the 13 point list was point 3.

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