>> Qatar looks set to reject the demands made of it by several neighboring states. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates want Doha to accept 13 requirements. The deadline is expected to expire on Sunday night. Officials say they are aimed at ending a rift that erupted last month over accusations Qatar supports terrorism.
A charge it denies. Speaking ahead of the deadline, the country's Foreign Minister believes the ultimatum is aimed, not at tackling terrorism, but at curtailing national sovereignty.>> This list of demands, made to be rejected. It's not made to be accepted, or not made to be negotiated. The state of Qatar in a state of rejecting it as a principal we are willing to engage in providing the proper condition for the
>> The four Arab countries cut links with Qatar last month, severing diplomatic and travel ties. Ten days ago, the list of demands was delivered. They include closing down the Al-Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with archrival Iran and closing a Turkish airbase. Qatar has been warned the demands are not negotiable and was threatened with further unspecified measures if it does not comply.
>> There is no fear from whatever action is being taken. Qatar is prepared to face whatever consequences it is.>> Alfoni stated he believed wisdom will prevail. And then "there is an international law which should not be violated and there is a border which should not be crossed".
NATO ally Turkey has publicly backed Qatar in the dispute, the end of which doesn't appear to be in sight.