No retreat on demands to Qatar: Boycotting Arab nations

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However, the second meeting did not mention any such sanctions against Qatar or even hint any probable escalation if Qatar did not suspend its alleged support to terrorism, the four Arab countries instead highlighted that they are ready to open dialogue with Qatar if it showed obligation on their side to suspend support terrorism.

These four Arab countries have engaged in a diplomatic boycott against Qatar since May, when they announced suspension of diplomatic bilateral relations and the dismissal of Qatari missions from their territories', in addition to the closure of ground, naval and aerial borders.

Bahrain's state news agency BNA said on Saturday that King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa had hailed cooperation between the four countries in fighting terrorism.

The ongoing crisis has affected travel and communications between Qatar and the four countries and has led to harsh verbal exchanges in the media.

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In their joint statement on Sunday, the four countries highlighted the principles announced earlier this month in Cairo, namely: a commitment to combating terrorism; stopping incitement and hateful rhetoric; full compliance with two agreements signed in Riyadh in 2013 and 2014 that outline how Qatar should end its row with the Gulf states; conforming to agreements reached during the Arab Islamic American Summit held in Riyadh in May; and non-interference in the affairs of other Arab countries or worldwide efforts to fight terrorism.

The meeting in Manama, Bahrain's capital, is part of the coalition's efforts to coordinate its response to Qatar's "support for terrorism", Bahrain's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

On Friday, Qatar said it would never bow to Saudi-led demands to "outsource" its foreign policy to resolve the Gulf crisis. Doha said the statements were fabricated and disseminated via a hack.

The blacklist contained nine organisations and nine individuals the Saudi-led bloc accuses of supporting terrorists with finances from Qatar.

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