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US: Qatar reviewing list of demands from boycotting countries

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The US Department of State has announced that Qatar has begun reviewing the list of demands submitted by several Arab and Gulf countries boycotting Doha.

Washington said there were “important areas that lay the groundwork for a dialogue to resolve the crisis” and urged on Sunday on all nations to “continue dialogue and tone down rhetoric to help ease tensions.”.

“A productive next step would be for each of the countries to sit together and continue this conversation,” “We believe our allies and partners are stronger when they are working together towards one goal which we all agree is stopping terrorism and countering extremism.” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have sent a 13-point list of demands aimed at dismantling Qatar’s aggressive interventionist foreign policy which has it support and incite extremist groups over the years.

Meanwhile, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Saturday that instead of discussing a list of demands set by the Gulf countries and Egypt, Qatar decided to leak them to the media.

Gargash described the media leak as “reckless” and there has been “no respect” towards the mediation attempts by Kuwait from Qatar’s side.