The Middle Eastern geopolitical landscape shifted over the weekend after a handful of Gulf countries officially cut ties with the small but rich nation of Qatar.
Saudi Arabia, along with Bahrain, the United Arab Eremites and Egypt halted air, sea and land travel to and from Qatar, Bloomberg reported. Saudi Arabia is leading the alliance against Qatar, which is financially supporting "terrorist groups aiming to destabilize the region."
Saudi Arabia singled out Qatar's support of Iranian-backed terrorist groups operating in Saudi Arabia's eastern province and neighboring Bahrain, along with the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaeda. Qatar also financially supports the Palestinian group Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist group by many Western countries, including the U.S., Canada and the European Union.
Qatari stocks suffered their worst single day performance since 2009 while the price of oil dipped lower Monday morning with US WTI futures trading at $47.70 a barrel, down 26 cents.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. government doesn't believe the rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar will have any significant effect on the fight against terrorism.
"I do not expect that this will have any significant impact, if any impact at all, on the unified — the unified — fight against terrorism in the region or globally," Tillerson told reporters in Sydney, Australia.
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