(FILE)Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa (L) walks in to a press conference as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan follow him for a joint press conference after the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt meeting to discuss their dispute with Qatar, in Manama, Bahrain July 30, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)
RIYADH, Sept. 8, (Xinhua) -- The four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia that severed ties with Qatar on Friday denied considering any military option to end rifts, while insisting that Qatar should accept the 13 demands without negotiations.
The statement, released by Saudi Press Agency, was a response to the statement made by Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah in Washington, which claimed that Qatar had accepted the demands and was negotiating them, and Kuwaiti mediation has helped prevent military options.
The four countries, namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt stressed that the dialogue on the implementation of the demands should not be preceded by any conditions.
The Saudi-led bloc regretted what the Kuwaiti leader called the success of mediation in stopping military intervention, adding that the military option has not been and will not be considered in any case.
They also highlighted that the announcement of Qatar's foreign minister rejected to initiate any dialogue without lifting the boycott, emphasizing that the only way to resolve the crisis is to stop supporting and financing terrorism.
On June 5, the Saudi-led quartet severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the rich tiny Gulf nation, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and extremism, interfering in their internal affairs, and seeking closer ties with Iran, a Saudi rival.
Qatar has strongly denied the charges against it, while rejecting a list of 13 demands put forward by the bloc for resuming diplomatic ties.