Saudi king cancels G20 summit trip due to Gulf crisis

A month ago as the row between the Gulf states and Qatar was beginning to brew Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani made a highly-publicised phone call to Sheikh Tamim. Lucas Jackson  Reuters

Qatar risks further sanctions and deepening the crisis in the Gulf after missing a deadline to comply with demands set by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar and alleged interference in the internal affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

Riyadh and its allies on June 5 severed diplomatic and transport ties with their gas-rich Gulf neighbour Qatar, in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

"Everyone is aware that these demands are meant to infringe the sovereignty of the state of Qatar", he said at a news conference in Rome after meeting his Italian counterpart.

The German minister is to also visit the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait. On Wednesday, officials from the four countries will meet in Egypt to discuss additional steps.

Saudi Arabia has been joined by Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in the campaign to isolate Qatar and force changes to its foreign policy, which so far has been confined to an air, sea and land blockade.

Kuwait, which did not cut ties with Doha, is mediating the dispute and on Monday received Qatar's response to the demands.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a statement Monday also welcomed Qatar's decision to provide a response to mediator Kuwait on its position.

The move followed after Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah received Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani who handed the letter from Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani with Doha's response to the list.

A White House statement said Trump addressed his concerns about the dispute, and stressed the importance of regional unity, stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology.

The statement added that the demands were a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law and said the crisis could only be solved through mediation and negotiation.

The summit brings together leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

They gave it to Doha 10 days to accept a list of 13 official requests, demanding the closure of the Al-Jazeera tv, and a military base of Turkish as well as the reduction of relations with Iran.

The list includes scaling down Qatar's relationship with Iran and ending the funding of terrorist organisations.

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