Cutting ties with Qatar is a sovereign right: Saudi-led coalition

"If we get clear strategic signals that Qatar is going to change and it will stop funding militants that is the basis for a discussion", he said in London.

Iranian authorities on Saturday were still trying to determine the facts surrounding the incident which happened on Friday.

"Now we hear from Saudi Arabia of a list of grievances, rather than demands", she said.

The statement said that the three countries and their diplomatic missions "feel sorry" for Al Hussein's statement at a time when negotiations remain ongoing regarding the crisis.

Qatar - a longtime USA ally - denies the accusations. USA troops stand on a military ship during a joint naval exercise with Qatari troops in the Arabian Gulf, Qatar, June 16, 2017.

US investigators believe the crisis was sparked by hackers who transmitted fake, inflammatory messages appearing to come from Qatar's emir.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain also imposed an air, sea and land blockade on Qatar, halting Qatar Airways operations.

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The statement was prompted following an online report that appeared on fox-news24.com, claiming that Saudi Arabia had cut off ties with Malta over its friendship with Qatar, Xinhua reported.

"But Qatar and Iran have a pragmatic relationship", Juneau says.

What's the role of Turkey and Iran in this crisis?

Some wonder whether all this pressure on Qatar might backfire, driving the country into an alliance with Russia, Turkey and Iran - one with very different objectives from the U.S. The Qatar government has been accused by neighbouring countries as well as the US President Donald Trump of supporting terror groups and having links to Iran.

Analysts say the steps Saudi Arabia has led in taking against Qatar are actually about showing who is boss in the Arabian Peninsula and that there will be no deviation from Saudi hegemony. Earlier this week, he met with the Emirati and Saudi foreign ministers in Washington.

Furthermore, the United States and Qatar announced on Wednesday the signing of a deal for the purchase of F-15 fighter jets with an initial cost of $12 billion, according to Qatar News Agency (QNA). "We ask Qatar, and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster".