Four Arab countries say ready for Qatar dialogue with conditions

Measures Taken to Ensure Safety of Hajj Pilgrims

The four countries also stressed the importance of Qatar's response to the 13 demands made by the four countries، which will enhance countering terrorism and extremism in a way that achieves security in the region and the world.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday accused Qatar of trying to politicize the Hajj pilgrimage amid a Gulf crisis.

Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar will only enter dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, and "fights terror", the group said as they met in Manama.

The Saudi foreign minister said in a statement on Sunday to his own country's Al Arabiya website, "Qatar's demands to internationalize the holy sites is aggressive and a declaration of war against the kingdom".

The four countries affirmed the six principles announced at the Cairo meeting, which represent the worldwide consensus on the fight against terrorism, extremism and its funding, and rejection of interference in the affairs of other countries, which are contrary to global laws.

Saudia Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt expressed their readiness for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it declares its genuine and practical willingness to stop supporting and funding terrorism and extremism.

The four Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are reportedly set to consider fresh economic sanctions on Qatar at a meeting in Manama, Bahrain's capital.

Scaling down relations with Iran, closing down Al Jazeera and shutting a Turkish military base which is now under construction were included in that list of demands.

Last week, Riyadh laid down a list of 13 demands for Qatar, including the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

For its part, Qatar has strongly denied the charges, while rejecting the the quartet's demands, citing it would not negotiate on issues related to its sovereignty.

The Gulf states are key US allies.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the region this month, but failed to secure a breakthrough. The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Hamad al-Thani, said he was keen to discuss the crisis which is the worst between Arab states for many years.

He insisted that his country has been "fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromise".

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