Rex Tillerson urges Gulf states to ease Qatar blockade

"There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade".

He said families were being separated, children removed from school and Qataris forced to deal with food shortages.

Qatar hosts the largest USA military base in the entire Middle East, housing 11,000 American troops.

Lavrov said Moscow was ready to act "with the consent and the interest of the parties involved" to help resolve the diplomatic row.

"The blockade is hindering US military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS", Tillerson said, using an acronym for the extremist group.

Tillerson's statement appears to contradict days of Pentagon statements on the issue. "Qatar remains critical for coalition air operations in the fight against ISIS and around the region".

Since Saudi Arabia and other nations cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, triggering the worst diplomatic crisis in the Gulf in years, the US military has insisted that it would not affect USA military operations in the region.

Some countries said they would cut sea and air traffic to Qatar, as well as expel its diplomats and citizens.

They are united in their fear Qatar's alleged ambivalence towards Tehran and were galvanised by US President Donald Trump's recent tour of the region.

But authorities in the UAE and Bahrain have made praise for Qatar's government a criminal offence carrying possible jail time, and some Gulf citizens have anxious that the strong rhetoric on Qatar's foreign policy would divide their peoples. The hack, which USA officials reportedly believe was carried out by Russian Federation, includes the posting of a fake news story.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, right, receives Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt this week imposed the economic and diplomatic blockade on Qatar, in a severe escalation of a long-running regional dispute. "We ask Qatar and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster". "But he must do more and he must do more quickly".

It is also impairing US business activities in the region and bringing about humanitarian consequences, he said.

"The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has been a funder of terrorism at a very high level.

It is wrong to add more crises as the Islamic world struggles with many other difficulties", Erdogan said at an event in Istanbul.

"I have a request to the Saudi administration: you are the biggest in the Gulf, the should be the leader of fraternity there, you should bring everyone together", he said.

Increasing the pressure Friday, those nations put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list and described them as being associated with Qatar, which called the allegations "baseless".

  • Leroy Wright