Expulsion of Qataris from Gulf states comes into effect

Qatar will not negotiate with Arab countries unless they lift their measures, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said.

He has never entered the booming market in neighboring Qatar, however, despite years of trying. Saudi Arabia sealed Qatar's only land border, a key route for food imports.

Ms Smith, a long-standing member of the US foreign service, has not indicated whether the ongoing crisis or the Trump administration played any part in her move, which the US State Department insists is "part of the normal rotation of career diplomats throughout the world".

"No one is in a position to impose regime change on this country, our system here is based on consensus between the people and the ruler".

"Qatar will realize that this is a new state of affairs and isolation can last years", Anwar Gargash told reporters in Paris, as quoted by Reuters.

On Monday, the state-run Qatar News Agency instructed a law firm to file a formal complaint with Ofcom, Britain's telecommunications regulator, against the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel and Sky News Arabia for their coverage of Qatar.

Gulf Arab states, outraged by Qatar's support of Islamists, accuse it of backing terror groups.

They stressed that the current phase requires concerted efforts of all states to condemn and combat terrorism at the worldwide level. Gargash said the priority concern was in dealing with Doha's links to al Qaeda-linked and other Islamist groups across the region as well as its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinian Hamas group.

"Why they didn't submit their demands yet?"

"The ordeal lasted almost 10 hours during which we faced multiple interrogations and lock-up", he said, expressing gratitude to the Turkish authorities for solving the issue.

The foreign minister added that the economic impact on Qatar had so far proved minimal but added: "We are not claiming we are living in a flawless condition".

Tillerson "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", she said in a brief statement.

Turkey is one of the few powerful countries in the region willing to show its support for Qatar openly.

Thani commented on possible consequences of the blockade against Qatar.

Also Monday, EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini called for a de-escalation of the crisis.

Experts fear the crisis could draw in other countries.

Last week, Qatar's navy carried out three days of joint training exercises with the US Navy.

  • Zachary Reyes