The four Arab nations that are blockading Qatar, have dropped their list of 13 demands to lift the siege.

Now the Saudi-led countries are urging Qatar to commit to six principles on combating extremism and negotiate a plan to implement them.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain broke relations with Qatar in early Jun, largely over their allegations that it supports extremist groups � a charge Qatar rejects. They initially made 13 demands, which Qatar said are unrealistic and is not actionable.

Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, told a briefing for a group of UN correspondents, that the four nations are now committed to the six principles agreed to, by their foreign ministers, at a meeting in Cairo on July 5.

According to Al Jazeera TV, owned by Qatar the six principles are:

Commitment to combat extremism and terrorism and to prevent their financing or providing havens.

Suspending all acts of provocation and speeches, inciting hatred or violence.

Full compliance with the Riyadh Agreement of 2013, and the supplementary agreement and its implementation mechanisms of 2014, within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Adherence to all the outcome of the Arab Islamic-American Summit held in May, 2017, in Riyadh.

Refraining from interfering in the internal affairs of states and from supporting illegal entities.

The responsibility of all states of the international community, to confront all forms of extremism and terrorism, as a threat to international peace and security.

Al-Mouallimi said, both sides can talk about details of the tactics and the tools to implement them � and that’s where we can have discussion and compromise.

List of the first 13 demands handed to Qatar included shutting down the Al Jazeera news network, closing a Turkish military base, cutting ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and downgrading relations with Iran.

Al-Mouallimi said, closing Al-Jazeera might not be necessary.

If we can achieve that (the principles) without closing down Al-Jazeera, that’s also fine. The important thing is the objective and the principle involved.

UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem Al Hashimy, said, all the countries involved have strong relations with the United States and we believe that the Americans have a very constructive and a very important role to play in, hopefully, creating a peaceful resolution to this current crisis.

We hope to be able to resolve this internally and among ourselves, with the assistance of strong mediation, whether it’s from the U.S. or the Kuwaitis, she said.

Diplomats from the four countries who attended the briefing said, there have been discussions about possible next steps.

UAE Ambassador, Lana Nusseibeh, said, If Qatar is unwilling to accept core principles around what defines terrorism or extremism in our region, it will be very difficult for it to remain in the Gulf Cooperation Council with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain

Source: NAM News Network