Saudi Arabia gained, boosted by banks, on expectations for a rate hike in the United States. "The US ambassador to Qatar recently resigned as she did not agree with this policy", she told RIA Novosti, pointing out that previously the US sought to maintain cordial relations with the Arab states of the Persian Gulf without openly taking sides.
Qatar now remains the subject of a diplomatic rift in which nine countries - Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya's eastern-based government - have severed ties. The forward headquarters of the United States military's Central Command is a staging point for USA air campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
The US already has some troops in the UAE. Qatar also hosts around 10,000 USA troops, as well as the forward headquarters of the military's Central Command that's conducting air campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
The anti-Qatar camp has recently presented the USA a list of demands Doha must accept in order for the sanctions to be lifted.
Eritrea, a pariah state that has been dubbed Africa's North Korea for its lack of free media, has few global partners but has until now had a relatively good relationship with Qatar.
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Otaiba said the White House was supportive of the Arab powers' position.
"The meeting discussed developments of the Gulf crisis and means of solving it in addition to reviewing the strategic ties between the two countries and aspects of developing them on all fronts", a statement on the Qatar News Agency said.
"The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level", he said.
The Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, in turn refused on June 12 to succumb to pressure by Saudi Arabia, rejecting a Dollars 80 million offer to sever diplomatic ties with its blockaded ally. "And so there'll be an escalation of economic pressure, again, short of a policy shift or negotiations that lead to a policy shift".