The Wall Street Journal: Deadline looms for Qatar in standoff between Arab nations

DUBAI — Qatar faces a potential volley of new punitive measures by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states, which extended a deadline for it to meet its demands by 48 hours after a request by Kuwait’s emir.

A joint statement issued early Monday on behalf of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said it expected Qatar to respond to their demands on Monday, amid the worst regional diplomatic crisis in years..

The kingdom, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties and imposed a transport ban against Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups and meddling in their domestic affairs, allegations Qatar denies.

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