Saudi hopes for 'positive' Qatar response to demands

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Last month, the four countries severed their diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their airspace to the country's Qatar Airways after asserting that Qatar funds terrorism, an accusation the country steadfastly denies.

On Sunday US president Donald Trump spoke to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar to discuss his "concerns about the ongoing dispute".

It is not yet clear what further sanctions could be imposed on Doha, but commercial bankers in the region believe that Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini banks might receive official guidance to pull deposits and interbank loans from Qatar.

"We are not on one side or the other", he said. The allegation has been rejected by Doha as "baseless".

"It's not going to shut down, also, the Turkish (military) base in Qatar".

A group of four Arab nations have extended the Qatar deadline.

The Kuwaiti emir did not indicate the nature of Qatar's response.

The state's foreign minister will travel to Kuwait on Monday morning to deliver the letter, sent from the emir of Qatar to the emir of Kuwait, who is the main mediator in the Gulf crisis.

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Ahead of an official response, Qatar's Foreign Minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said his country would not meet the demands.

Meanwhile, Qatar's Defense Minister Khalid al Attiyah said on Sunday country is ready to defend itself if necessary.

Several other Muslim nations also downgraded their diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have 13 demands in front of Doha.

He says the meeting will discuss the future steps in dealing with Qatar, as well as exchange of points of view and evaluating existing worldwide and regional contacts.

"An agreement on ending any kind of support for terrorist or extremist organisations" would be the best solution to the crisis, Gabriel told reporters after a two-hour meeting with his Saudi counterpart Adel el-Jubeir.

"This list of demands is made to be rejected".

Qatar is at the centre of the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Middle East in decades, which started in early June when nine allies, led by Saudi Arabia, froze ties with the country over its alleged support of terrorism.

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