The top U.S. diplomat noted that Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from his country, but he urged the country to "do more" and "do it more quickly". The approximately 10,000 USA troops based in Qatar are also a major concern, though one the President has yet to mention.
It remains unclear when Qatar will be out of the ongoing crisis that could lead to food and water shortages in the country, due to a blockade imposed by its neighbor, which the country called a "collective punishment".
A dispute between Qatar and some Arab states is threatening the stability of the entire region, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday, adding diplomacy was still Doha's preferred option and there would never be a military solution to the problem.
"I decided, along with secretary of state Rex Tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding, they have to end that funding and its extremist ideology", Trump said.
"Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation and put forth a good faith effort to resolve their grievances they have with each other", Tillerson said, reading from a statement.
As a small country sandwiched between larger rivals, Qatar can not afford to make an enemy of either, and its decisions on Iran-and other matters-show that it often does not see eye to eye with Saudi Arabia. Many of those sanctioned are from Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mauritania, and Senegal have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the kingdom of being a haven for terror financiers, while Jordan and Djibouti have downgraded relations.
Despite Tillerson's assessment that the fight against ISIS had been impacted, Pentagon officials said there has been no immediate disruption.
The coordinated move against Qatar dramatically escalates a dispute over its support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran. That's created chaos across the Sunni Gulf nations, whose citizens regularly intermarry and conduct business across countries sharing long historic and cultural bonds. The state itself openly supports Hamas, and has always been one of the more "permissive" jurisdictions for private citizens to finance extremist groups throughout the region. "The emir of Qatar has made progress in halting financial support and expelling terrorist elements from his country, but he must do more and he must do it more quickly", said Tillerson.
"President Erdogan stressed that this tragic event -contradicting our religion, belief and traditions- should be resolved before the holy month of Ramadan ends while he emphasized his sadness over the crisis", said Cavusoglu who spoke at a joint news conference with his Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa in Istanbul.
And in some cases, as American and Western media houses have extensively reported and claimed that there was a lot of evidence to suggest the Saudis had supported or co-sponsored some of the same figures it had accused its own neighbour Qatar of supporting and harbouring!