Qatar hands official response to Saudi-led demands to Kuwait

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have agreed to grant Qatar a 48-hour extension to meet demands after Doha submitted a response to a 13-point ultimatum, Saudi state-owned TV says.

Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, have boycotted Qatar over what they say is its support for Islamist extremism and close ties to Iran, seen by Gulf states as a risky regional rival.

The conditions include cutting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, scaling back ties with Iran, shutting the Al Jazeera television station and ending Turkey's military presence in Qatar.

He added that it was too soon to speak of future measures against Doha given its response on Monday to the list of demands issued by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt.

The four countries announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Arabian Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades. But during a July 1 visit to Rome, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani again rejected the demands as an infringement on Qatar's sovereignty.

"There is no fear".

"We look forward to receiving Qatar's response to the demands in order to study it thoroughly before taking stances", Al-Jubeir said.

"The meeting comes in the frame of coordinating stances, and consultations between the four countries to decide on future steps on dealing with Qatar, as well as an exchange of visions and evaluation over global and regional calls over the matter", the statement read.

Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, reportedly made the request for an extension to the 3 July deadline after receiving assurances from the Qataris that they would still deliver their response to him by Monday.

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.

Qatar has denied the accusations and said such charges are baseless.

Describing the talks, the White House released a statement which said: "He reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology".

In a statement, lawyers for Qatar denounced the demands and called for global condemnation.

Qatar is a member of Gulf Cooperation Council, together with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

  • Neal Todd