Arab countries ready for dialogue with Qatar

Bahrain's foreign minister says four countries boycotting Qatar are ready for dialogue, if it agrees to certain demands.

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Four Arab countries boycotting Qatar are ready for dialogue to ease the dispute if Doha agrees to certain demands, Bahrain's foreign minister said on Sunday, according to Reuters.

"The four countries are ready for dialogue with Qatar with the condition that it announces its sincere willingness to stop funding terrorism and extremism and its commitment to not interfere in other countries' foreign affairs and respond to the 13 demands," Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said.

He was speaking at a televised news conference in Manama after meeting with his Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian counterparts to discuss the dispute.

Earlier on Sunday, the four countries said they would allow Qatari planes to use air corridors in emergencies. Doha denied the claim, saying the countries were spreading "false information".

The four Arab states severed relations with Qatar in June over allegations that it supports terrorism. Qatar denies the charges.

They later placed dozens of figures linked to the country on blacklists, including Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the spiritual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The four countries subsequently delivered 13 demands to ending the crisis, including shutting the Al-Jazeera network, downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and closing a Turkish military base.

After Qatar refused to adhere to the demands, the four boycotting countries rescinded them.