Turkey rejects Arab terms to Qatar, US urges sides to talk

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves a mosque after the Eid al Fitr prayers in Istanbul early Sunday

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leaves a mosque after the Eid al Fitr prayers in Istanbul early Sunday

In furtherance of the offer of mediation, and signaling Morocco's independent brand of foreign policy, the King sent the Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Kuwait.

Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), which has previously called the moves against Qatar "worse than the Berlin Wall", said that the "unjust siege" was impacting the right to education for Qatari students in the three countries, and especially in the UAE, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on Monday.

The Iranian president also highlighted the significance of unity and integrity in the Muslim world and said Tehran and Doha can undoubtedly cooperate with each other in this field.

"A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation", Tillerson said.

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A Turkish foreign ministry statement Sunday reiterated that the deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar contributed to regional security and was not aimed at a specific country. They accuse Qatar of backing terrorism, the BBC added. Tillerson called on all parties to lower their rhetoric and to seek unity in the fight against terrorism.

The four countries have reportedly given Qatar a 10-day deadline in which to meet their demands.

Doha has denounced the demands - including the closure of Al-Jazeera news channel and downgrading ties with Tehran - as unreasonable.

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According to Al Mayadeen broadcaster, the Qatari Emir said that Doha "is seeking a complex development of relations and cooperation with Iran in order to solve the problems of the Islamic world, which is now in a hard situation", Sputnik reported.

The diplomatic crisis came two weeks after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt blocked several Qatari media outlets, including Al Jazeera, over comments allegedly made by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al-Hamad Al-Thani.

The US maintains its largest concentration of military personnel in the Middle East at Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.

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