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Blockading countries send list of 13 demands to Qatar

The countries delivered a list of demands to end the embargo Thursday and gave Qatar 10 days to comply with the ultimatum.

Qatari officials in Doha did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP.

Gargash denounced Al Jazeera, but did not elaborate on whether closing the network is among the demands for ending the diplomatic impasse.

The four countries have not made their demands public yet.

Hand over "terrorist figures" and wanted individuals from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to their countries of origin.

"Qatar may not fully comply with the list, but it has to take these demands into consideration and finally make a move toward reviewing its foreign policy and the editorial line of the main media outlet, Al-Jazeera", Nader said.

In Egypt, it was seen as sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president Mohammed Morsi, who came to power in 2012.

CNN reported that some of the demands, handed on Friday almost three weeks after Saudi Arab, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt boycotted Qatar, may infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region's worst crisis in decades.

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Among other demands, the Saudi-led bloc imposes payment of reparations and compensation for loss of life and other financial losses caused by Qatar's policies in recent years.

The document does not specify what the countries will do if Qatar refuses to comply.

These Gulf nations were later joined by Libya, Yemen, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mauritania, with Jordan and Djibouti announcing they would lower the level of diplomatic contacts with Qatar.

The first batch of 25 Turkish soldiers left for Qatar early on Thursday and arrived at the country's Turkish military base on June 22.

"The base in Qatar is both a Turkish base and one that will preserve the security of Qatar and the region", Isik said in an interview on Friday.

The acting managing director of Al-Jazeera's English language service on Friday denounced demands by Gulf Arab states involved in a dispute with Qatar for the network's shutdown as an attempt to suppress free expression. If Al Jazeera violated something, anyone could sue it - in a Qatari court or in [a court of] any other country, it is the legitimate right of every person harmed by the media.

The UAE foreign minister described the deployment of Turkish troops to Qatar after the blockade as a "dangerous development", saying that Ankara is trying to take advantage of the crisis to expand its regional influence, but it also wants to maintain its relations with Saudi Arabia.

Qatar has said it will not negotiate until Arab nations lift their blockade against their neighbor.

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