Led by Saudi Arabia, several states in the Middle East and Africa have severed ties with Qatar since June 5, accusing the gas-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and several other countries have severed relations with Qatar since June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorism based on its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and the Taliban.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and several other countries have severed relations with Qatar since June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorism based on its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and the Taliban.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and several other Sunni-majority countries have severed relations with Qatar since June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorism based on its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and the Taliban.

Another point of departure is Qatar's ties with Iran, with whom it shares one of the world's biggest gas fields.

Qatar has denied the accusations and called the collective decision "unjustified." Kuwait, Turkey and the US have all urged a political solution as the bloc isolates Qatar using various ad hoc sanctions, including shutting down their airspace to Qataris and blocking import routes.

The dispute began in May when Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani was reported to have made statements on the state news agency supporting Iran. Doha said the statements were fabricated and disseminated via a hack.

Here are the latest developments in the crisis:

July 21, Friday

Tillerson urges Arab states to lift Qatar "land blockade"

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is satisfied with Qatar's efforts to implement an agreement aimed at combating terror financing signed last week, and he urged Arab states to lift a "land blockade" on the tiny Gulf nation.

Emirati minister welcomes Qatar's legislation

An Emirati state minister Friday welcomed changes to Qatar's anti-terror legislation as a "positive" step in the crisis between Doha and four Arab neighbours which accuse it of backing extremists.

Qatar amends anti-terror laws

Qatar announced a decree by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani late on Thursday establishing two nominal lists of individuals and terrorist entities, and the requirements for being included in them.

It also defined terrorists, terrorist crimes, terrorist entities as well as the financing of terrorism.

However, the four Arab countries at odds with Doha dismissed that deal as "insufficient."

Erdogan to visit KSA, Kuwait and Qatar

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would do its best to solve problems between the "brothers of the Gulf region" as he prepared to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on July 23-24.

For more on previous developments, click here.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies