Iran and Qatar Are Attempting to Create Chaos — Saudi UN Ambassador

"We find it did not provide a basis for Qatar to retreat from its policies", Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said, reading out a joint statement after the meeting.

Qatar Airways said on Thursday that passengers travelling to the USA can now carry their laptops and other large electronics on board, ending a three-month in-cabin ban on devices for the Doha-based airline.

Qatar's reply "reflects a failure to realise the gravity of the situation", according to the group.

Qatar expects harsh measures by the Arab nations if they are not satisfied by its response to a list of demands made almost two weeks ago.

"I know that this message will not be well received in some of our neighbouring capitals, but there are serious problems in the Middle East region, and silencing Qatar will not solve them", Sheikh Mohammed said at Chatham House in London.

From Cairo they called upon the global community to join them in taking measures against Qatar.

Some of the rhetoric by the four ministers, however, was clearly belligerent.

It also demanded the launch of a public inquiry into foreign funding of extremism, putting pressure on the government which has so far refused to publish its own report into foreign funding of terrorism. "The embargo will remain in place until Qatar rectifies its policies". He expressed concern over the continuation of the crisis and stressed the United Nations support of Kuwait for its mediation efforts to solve the situation, Al Jazeera reported. Doha denies the charges.

The 13 demands were issued on June 22 and if Doha agreed to them, the four countries would restore diplomatic relations with Qatar.

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The demands included closing state-funded news outlet Al Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and reducing ties with Iran, a regional adversary.

The Dubai-based al-Bayan said in an editorial that all indications suggested that Qatar had "decided to chose the enmity of its surroundings, belittled joint Gulf action and the Arab block". They need "more time to figure out measures that would increase the pressure on Qatar without violating worldwide law or engendering a negative response from the global community". "Now we can start looking into the (terror) allegations", said Gabriel.

Qatar had earlier responded to the deadline with defiance, calling the demands "unrealistic and is not actionable".

Stressing that Doha had consistently called for resolving the crisis through dialogue, he said Qatar had always supported the global fight against terrorism - despite assertions to the contrary now emanating from Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Cairo.

A month after the quartet of countries cut trade, travel and diplomatic links, Moody's, the credit ratings agency, on Wednesday downgraded Qatar's economic outlook from stable to negative because of the crisis.

"The Gulf requirements did not impact on the Qatari sovereignty at all, but only asked that Qatar stop interference in their internal affairs", it added. "Unless Qatar wants it, we will not do it", Erdoğan told the France 24 television network.

Qatar "considered" the ultimatum, stating that it did so only "out of respect for our brothers in Kuwait", who delivered the list of demands. "The Americans are also there, with 9,000 soldiers, and so are the French".

At the United Nations, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said later Wednesday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sent U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman to the Persian Gulf to discuss how the world organization could help resolve the crisis.

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