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Qatar's defense ministry, meanwhile, said in a statement that the deal will lead to "closer strategic collaboration in our fight to counter violent extremism and promote peace and stability in our region and beyond".

Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said King Salman and Sharif discussed the "latest regional developments" in addition to bilateral relations.

In November, the United States approved possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.

Deal for the fighter jets was completed despite President Trump criticizing Qatar for supporting terrorism. "Qatar is a country which, like Turkey, has adopted the most resolute stance against IS", said Erdogan.

Djibouti downgraded ties with Qatar last week, saying it was acting in "solidarity with the global coalition combating terrorism and extremist violence, as well as with the Gulf and Arab countries". In their apparent bid to secure U.S. support and that of Israel, the four countries cited Qatar's links with the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas and accused it of supporting terrorism.

On June 7 and 8, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced that any speech sympathetic to Qatar or critical of their governments' policy towards Qatar would be considered an offense, punished in some cases by prison terms.

Qatar's faces a campaign by the Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates (UAE) encouraging countries in the region and across the world cut ties with the tiny state in order to isolate it. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!

But experts were taken aback by the announcement of the arms deal, which came just five days after he said Qatar has "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

When asked what, if any, further steps would be taken against Qatar, the UAE's Otaiba said: "We've designated 59 people and 12 entities; it's likely that you could see designations of their bank accounts, and perhaps of the banks themselves".

Qatar is home to 11,000 USA troops and the Al Udeid Air Base, the main regional center for air operations against the terrorist group.

  • Zachary Reyes