Saudi King Cancels Participation In G20 Summit Due To Gulf Crisis

Robyn Ryan
July 4, 2017

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who on Monday starts a tour of several Arab states, has called for a "serious dialogue" to end the crisis.

The group demanded Doha close its state-funded media outlet Al-Jazeera and sever ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia's principal regional rival.

"Qatar has chosen to be an ally of Iran and for the past 20 years it has been continuing its support for terrorist groups with its knowledge of their plots against the countries of the region", the Saudi ambassador said.

Qatar has rejected the accusations, calling them "unjustified" and "baseless".

"There is no fear".

The content of the letter has not been revealed, though Al Thani had earlier said that the demands were virtually certain to be rejected.

He also revealed that Qatar's neighbors are plotting to topple its emir and warned the Saudi-led Arab states that, historically, Qatar had proven it was not an easy country to be "swallowed up".

Qatar's Foreign Minister insisted that his country will formally deliver their response to Kuwait's Emir on Monday.

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states which spearheaded a diplomatic campaign against Qatar have extended the deadline for Doha to accept their demands.

The countries set a list of 13 demands and imposed a midnight July 2 deadline for Qatar to respond, threatening further sanctions if it did not act.

The summit brings together leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia.

The statement added that Trump "addressed his concerns about the ongoing dispute between Qatar and some of its Gulf and Arab neighbours".

Egypt said on Sunday that foreign ministers from the four boycotting countries would meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss Qatar, without providing further details.

On 22 June, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE send a list of 13 demands to Qatar, giving Doha 10 days to comply.

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