Saudi Arabia issues ultimatum to Qatar


An ultimatum that Saudi Arabia sent to Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani states that if Qatar wants the trade blockade to be lifted, and financial and diplomatic relations with the Arab world restored, then he will have to fulfill a number of demands.

Some of the demands could affect the balance of forces in Syria.

It is required from Qatar to close news agency Al-Jazeera that broadcasts throughout the Arabic-speaking world, to sever diplomatic relations with Iran, and to cease all ties with a number of paramilitary groups in the Middle East.

At the same time, the latter item includes not only generally recognized terrorist organizations (Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood), but also allies of the Syrian government.

So, it is demanded from Qatar to break all ties with the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, which is not only Iran’s traditional ally in the Middle East, but also supports the Syrian government army in its war against the ISIS. In recent weeks this pro-Iranian formation has been particularly active in southern Syria.

At the time, Qatar has not yet responded to the ultimatum.