Saudi-led bloc unveils new Qatar 'terrorist' list

GETTYTurkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

GETTYTurkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

The Saudi-led Arab countries put on Tuesday 18 organizations and individuals suspected of Qatar-linked Islamist extremism on a blacklist, according to a joint statement carried by official Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Qatar and presented a list of demands to end the siege, including the closure of the Al Jazeera television network and cutting off military ties with Turkey and Iran.

The media outlet added that the individuals and entities added to the list were accused of providing support and funding for the Al-Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda terrorist organizations (both outlawed in Russia), as well as terrorist groups in Syria and Libya.

Foreign diplomats have visited the region, urging dialogue to resolve the crisis that is now in its second month.

Qatar vehemently denies supporting extremists. Those four nations, three of which belong to the Persian Gulf Cooperation Forum, decreed at the beginning of June a political and commercial boicot against Qatar with the pretext that it supported terrorists.

They include Qatari, Kuwaiti, Yemeni and Libyan nationals and Yemeni and Libyan groups.

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The new list includes six Libyan entities - majority media agencies and TV channels.

The four states have issued a list of 59 individuals and 12 organizations they accuse of "terrorist" links, a move decried by Qatar.

"It is only once the necessary measures are undertaken by Qatar, that goes towards truly accepting to be a partner in the fight against terrorism, that this crisis will be resolved", he said.

The two Libyans and the six other blacklisted organizations have received substantial financial support from the Qatari authorities and played an active role in causing chaos and devastation in Libya, the statement added.

Qatar denies the accusation and insists the blockade is a violation of global law. Qatar's ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Friday he was ready for dialog, but any solution must respect Qatar's sovereignty.