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Saudi Arabia and its three Arab allies have given Qatar additional 48 hours to accept their demands as the initial deadline expired on Sunday.

Among other demands, Doha is asked to curb diplomatic ties with Iran, suspend Turkish military deployment in Qatar, shut down its news network Al-Jazeera and stop funding individuals and organizations blacklisted as terrorists by the four boycotting countries.

During a visit to Rome, Mr Thani refused once more to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a blockade on his country.

Qatar's State news agency QNA reported that he would inform the ruler of Kuwait, a neutral Gulf Arab country seeking to mediate in the spat, of Doha's response on Monday.

They accuse the wealthy little emirate gas to support "terrorism" and criticize him its ties with Iran, a rival regional of saudi Arabia.

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Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani is set to give an official reply concerning the demands to Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, later on Monday, Al-Arabiya added.

Kuwait is acting as mediator in the crisis between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson welcomed Qatar's response and that the four Arab countries had agreed to Kuwait's request for more time.

Saudi Arabia and its allies announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

Qatar's foreign minister has already said that Doha would not meet the demands, saying the list "was meant to be rejected".

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"It's up to the Qataris to amend their behaviour and once they do, things will be worked out, but if they don't they will remain isolated", said Adel al-Jubeir, Al Jazeera reports.

Qatar on Thursday said the list contained some demands impossible to meet because the underlying accusation was untrue.

It is unclear what will happen if Qatar continues to refuse to acquiesce to its neighbors' demands. The allegation has been rejected by Doha as "baseless".

The AP says that the White House "urged unity and reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology".

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