End Qatar blockade, UK FM tells Arab states

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On 22 June, the four nations put forth a 13-point list of demands - including ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood, closing of al-Jazeera, a reduction in diplomatic ties with Iran, and the halting of a Turkish military base in Qatar -and gave Qatar 10 days to comply.

"We do not and will not condone the actions or ideology of violent extremism and we will not rest until these deviants and their organisations are destroyed", it added.

Al Awwad explained that Qatar has supported accounts calling for demonstrations in Saudi Arabia on April 21 and on June 2, during Ramadan, "and luckily, these plots failed".

The response was "shockingly naive, with weak arguments", Dr. Anwar Mohammad Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said in series of tweets late Friday.

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It went on to say that Qatar "is an active member committed to worldwide conventions in combating terrorism and its financing at the regional and global levels".

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Culture and Information Dr Awwad Al Awwad, has said that Qatar runs 23,000 fake Twitter accounts that have attacked Saudi Arabia, including an account run by Saudi dissident Saad Al Faqih who resides in London, according to Al Arabiya website.

"Bahrain and Egypt, they are at junk bond level", he said.

Qatar has vehemently defended itself against the charges from the first day, claiming their isolation to be about their independent foreign policy, which has placed them at odds with Saudi Arabia's strategies in the region, and the oppressionof free speech in the region.

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"Everybody I have talked to said the opposite".

With no imminent resolution to the diplomatic and economic standoff, the USA and the United Kingdom are rushing to the region to help solve the crisis. Kuwait, which has not joined the Saudi-led bloc in cutting diplomatic ties with Doha and imposing a blockade early last month, has been playing the role of mediator in the crisis.

"The Foreign Secretary is urging all parties to get behind Kuwait's mediation efforts and work towards de-escalation and Gulf unity for the sake of regional stability", the UK Foreign office said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Kuwait on Monday on a similar mission.

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