Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE respond to High Commissioner for Human Rights

Qatar denies any such support for extremists.

What are other countries view on the stalemate? Chad and Mauritania followed too, and over the weekend Niger announced it was doing the same.

The Republic of The Gambia therefore calls on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the United Nations, the OIC, the Arab League and all men and women of people goodwill to conjugate efforts to bring about a speedy resolution to the impasse between Qatar and her neighbours so that normalcy could once again reign in the region. The weapons sale wasn't meant as an "I'm sorry" gift by any means, but it might as well have been one.

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said Qatar "has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

Weber reiterated that the choice whether to side with Qatar or the rest of the Arab nations could later deeply affect the African countries. This facility coordinates US military air operations across the region - from Syria to Iraq to Afghanistan.

Through this alienation and divisions, Somalia and Sudan have remained neutral.

The latest developments relating to Qatar and Iran mark a further deterioration in the regional security situation, setting up the possibility of a direct military confrontation between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic. As it is tangential to this dispute though, thankfully Israel does not have to choose, and for a variety of reasons, there is little upside for Israel in taking a strong public stance against Qatar. The Turkish government is also seeking ways to resolve the crisis in Libya, he pointed out.

Amidst the past weeks' sanctions and hiccups, Qatar's stock exchange shows modest recovery this week.

Eshki accused Al Jazeera of pursuing hostile policies towards Saudi Arabia, and said the Qatari broadcaster has adopted a negative approach towards the Persian Gulf littoral Arab states by broadcasting hostile propaganda against them, a move which is supported by the Qatari government. But given our other interests at stake, it was unreasonable for them to launch an uncoordinated economic assault on Qatar and lay down maximal demands that have little hope of being met in the short term.

About 450 Qatari peacekeeping troops were pulled back from the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, two East African nations who have a long-running dispute over the territory.

"Qatar has failed to honour the pledge it made in 2013, to refrain from funding terrorism, interfering in the internal affairs of other countries in the region and destabilising these countries".

"The Secretary of State will continue his efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East region through in-person meetings and phone conversations with Gulf and regional leaders", the department said.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud arrives on the tarmac to welcome President Donald Trump as he arrives aboard Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.

Tillerson, whose credibility in Washington has taken a series of hits, also spent much of this week attempting to broker an understanding between the two sides. They discussed enhanced cooperation and coordination, especially to counter the increased threat from terrorist organisations and to deter those who support, finance and shelter them, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

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