In another development, two US Navy vessels arrived in Doha on Wednesday for a joint exercise with Qatar’s fleet.
The American boats arrived at Hamad Port south of Doha “to participate in a joint exercise with the Qatari Emiri Navy,” according to a Ministry of Defence statement posted on QNA.
The crews of the two vessels were received by Qatari navy officers.
It was unclear if the arrival of the two warships was planned before the Gulf rift or if was a sign of support from the Pentagon.
Qatar hosts the biggest US military base in the Middle East with 11,000 troops deployed to or assigned to Al-Udeid Air Base. More than 100 aircraft operate from there.