Response to Qatar Demands Given Two-Day Deadline Extension

His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, and his accompanying delegation
Four Arab states lead by Saudi Arabia agreed to extend until late on Tuesday a deadline for Doha to comply with a list of demands, as U.S. President Donald Trump voiced concern to both sides about the dispute, according to Reuters and other reports.

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Qatar Dispute

Gulf nations give Qatar 48-hour extension

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King Khalid International Airport

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Jeddah Airport

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Jeddah Corniche

Saudi Arabia sees $213m corniche project on track

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Al-Gosaibi Bankruptsy

Saudi Arabia’s multibillion corporate collapse: Al-Gosaibi exec on his role in 8-year saga

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Media Praise

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Dependent Fee

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Bird Flu

Saudi Arabia halts Belgian poultry, egg imports over bird flu

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Qatar Dispute

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Perspective: As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country’s future

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