Why this crisis
» The Arab world's biggest powers – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain – severed diplomatic relations with Qatar in a coordinated move, accusing it of providing support to Iran and and extremist militants. Yemen and the eastern government in divided Libya have also joined in the sanctions.
» Saudi accused Qatar of helping extremists including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, Islamic State and other groups supported by Iran.
» Apart from the ever-mounting tussle for leadership in the oil rich region between Iran and Saudi, Qatar's close ties with Iran has irked Saudi Arabia.
» In a worst diplomatic crisis to strike the region since the 1991 Gulf War, the four Arab powers shut down their land, sea and airports as part of the sanctions against Qatar.
» Residents are forced to stock up essential goods as goods transit options are closed following this move.
» Stocks in Qatar plunged more than 8 percent overnight to their lowest since January 2016.
» Oil fell back following a brief recovery following the move.
» Arab nations imposing the sanctions also warned that they would eject diplomats and asked Qataris in their countries to leave the nation within 14 days (from Monday June 5, 2017).
What Doha says
» Qatar accused a concerted media campaign against the kingdom and the alleged hacking of its official news agency.
» Qatar's foreign minister minister called for dialog Monday and insisted ties to the US would remain strong despite the diplomatic storm.
» Qatar hosts the largest US airbase in the region, which is crucial in the fight against Islamic State, and is set to host the 2022 football World Cup.
» Kuwait, like Saudi and Qatar, a powerful member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, has remained noticeably silent on the crisis. » Qatar's foreign minister said on Tuesday that Kuwait is trying to mediate and solve a diplomatic crisis.
» The dispute comes less than a month after US president Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and called for a united Muslim front against extremism.
» Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had lashed out against Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's leaders for their new regional alliance against Tehran.