Donald Trump pushes Gulf unity in call with Saudi king

It's significant to note that nations in the Middle East and beyond believe that Qatar or individuals who live there financially support terrorism.

"The US and its coalition, we're grateful to the Qataris for their longstanding support of our presence there in that nation".

UAE carriers Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia, as well as Saudi Airlines had all announced the suspension of flights to and from Qatar as of Tuesday morning.

Yemen, facing a two-year long war of aggression led by Saudi Arabia and financed by the USA, is also facing a cholera epidemic and starvation.

"With all due respect, this statement is full of contradictions because it is saying that we are supporting Iran and on the other hand supporting the extremist groups in Syria; and we are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in (Saudi Arabia) or in Yemen and we are supporting the (Iranian-backed) Houthis form the other side. Central Command is conducting appropriate planning to ensure that the full range of US military operations in the Middle East can continue", it said.

"Russia has absolutely no interest in pitting the United States and Qatar".

Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on his maiden foreign trip in May.

Kuwait did not join fellow Gulf countries in taking measures against Doha, and its Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah arrived in the Saudi city of Jeddah for talks to resolve the crisis.

Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, director of the Qatari Government Communications Office, confirmed that Qatar's Ministry of Interior is working with the FBI and the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency on the ongoing hacking investigation of the Qatar News Agency.

"It's a mixed bag with Qatar", said Republican Sen.

Qatar is also a major regional diplomatic player and worldwide investor and is set to host the World Cup, football's biggest tournament, in 2022.

S&P cut its long-term rating of Qatar by one notch to AA- from AA and put the rating on CreditWatch with negative implications, meaning there was a significant chance of a further downgrade. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the ban took effect Tuesday, but there is no plan yet to repatriate the more than 200,000 Filipino workers in Qatar.

She noted that Tillerson, who is also the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, is familiar with the region and ideally suited to lead a diplomatic resolution between the Arab states.

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks to the press on current events and challenges in the Middle East in Paris on June 6, 2017.

"As a result, this is an action that we have to take because Qatar is a partner with us in the GCC, and we need to work together", the minister, Anwar Gargash, said.

Beyond hosting US troops, Qatar has invested billions in the USA and increased its clout in Washington along the way.

The spat was triggered by a report by the Qatari news agency, which cited the country's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as criticizing Saudi Arabia's anti-Iranian rhetoric.

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