Qatar's Emir issues own set of demands to end Gulf dispute

Gulf crisis Qatar emir calls for negotiations

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He valued Kuwait's mediation and the support of the United States, Turkey and Germany for the efforts to resolve the crisis.

A previous deal created to rein in Qatar's independent foreign policy, as well as the Doha funded broadcaster al-Jazeera signed in 2013 was broken by Qatar, the other Gulf States claim, so requiring any new deal to be monitored by a third party.

"Qatar is fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromise, and the global community recognises this", Sheikh Tamim said in the televised speech.

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Sheikh Tamim said his country was targeted by unprecedented campaign.

"We should not burden civilians with political differences", he said, adding that world has chosen to stand with Qatar by not backing the boycotting nations.

The US and other Western countries have dispatched senior envoys to the region to press both sides to resolve the dispute.

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They accused Qatar of supporting extremists and later issued a 13-point list of demands the country must comply with, including curbing cooperation with Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran.

He spoke hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was satisfied with Qatar's efforts to implement an agreement aimed at combating terror financing, and urged the four states to lift their "land blockade".

Last week, Qatar signed an accord with the United States on working together to fight terrorism financing. On Thursday, he issued a decree revising the country's counterterrorism laws - a move UAE Minister of State for Foreign Relations Anwar al-Gargash called a "positive step" in a Twitter post. Qatar swiftly disavowed the comments but state-owned and semi-official media in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain continued to report the remarks for days.

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain designated dozens of people with alleged links to Qatar as terrorists, including Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi, and 12 entities, among them Qatari-funded charities.

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