US urges Qatar and Saudi-led group to 'lower rhetoric'

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after the Eid al Fitr prayers in Istanbul early Sunday

Conflict around Qatar should be settled by diplomatic means - source at Foreign Ministry

Riyadh has laid down a list of 13 demands for Qatar, included the closure of Al-Jazeera, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

As a measure to lower the terrorist threat, Qatar is expected to stop naturalization of citizens from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrein and Egypt, as well as to give out all the criminals, those countries are searching for. He said the demands include major areas that "provide a basis for ongoing dialogue leading to a resolution".

Earlier on Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed Qatar's stand on the list of demands, saying that the Saudi-Emirati-led ultimatum is "against worldwide law".

Tillerson has already said that parts of the demands "will be very hard for Qatar to meet".

State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said talks would continue through the week, but added the Saudi demands remained "challenging" for Qatar. Since the crisis began earlier this month, Turkey has deployed troops to Qatar where they are training Qatari forces.

On Sunday, he urged GCC nations to sit together to work out the dispute, adding that "a lowering of rhetoric would also help ease the tension". ".This approach of 13 demands is against global law because you can not attack or intervene in the sovereignty of a country".

"To ask Turkey to pull out its troops from Qatar is firstly disrespectful behaviour towards us", he said in Istanbul, according to Reuters.

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On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain cut off diplomatic ties and imposed a blockade on Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and undermining regional security.

Qatar is home to the largest U.S. base in the region, Al-Udeid.

In addition to the deployment of troops, Turkey has also replaced the other Gulf states as an important trading partner for Qatar, providing substantial amounts of food and water to them. President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia last month on his first overseas trip as president and announced a $110 billion deal to sell arms to the Saudis.

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The blockade of Qatar is "unacceptable" and Tehran's policy is to strengthen ties with Doha, Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency cited President Hassan Rouhani as saying on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia has also sealed its land border with Qatar, thus geographically isolating it.

For his part, the Qatari leader said, "Qatar has open arms for interaction and cooperation".

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