Qatar official faults 'disorganized' conduct by Arab rivals

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Posted: Jul 19, 2017 3:20 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A government official in Qatar says Arab countries that have moved to isolate it have acted dangerously and in a "disorganized manner" after apparently changing their demands.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain said Tuesday that Qatar should commit to six principles on combatting terrorism and negotiate a plan to implement them. The four countries had initially made 13 sweeping demands, including shuttering the Arabic news network Al-Jazeera, which Qatar dismissed.

Sheikh Saif Al Thani, director of Qatar's government communications office, said Wednesday the new demands are "another example of the dangerous and disorganized manner in which the illegal blockade has been conducted."

In response to questions from The Associated Press, he said the four countries have regularly issued "conflicting statements and arguments."