They later issued a 10-day ultimatum to a 13-point list of demands that included cutting ties with terrorist groups, curbing relations with Iran and shutting media outlets, including the Al-Jazeera TV network.
In response, Qatar has dismissed as "baseless" the Saudi-led bloc's accusations that it supports terrorism and interferes in their internal affairs. US Defence Secretary James Mattis last week called his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah to emphasise the "importance of de-escalating tensions.so all partners in the Gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals", the Pentagon said.
Among other topics, the two discussed the Gulf crisis as well as ways to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation between Qatar and the United Kingdom, according to Qatar's state news agency.
Qatar has said thousands of its citizens have been affected by the isolation measures in what has emerged as the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf in recent years.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Wednesday Riyadh and its allies were asking Qatar to "surrender".
Eager to use any global legal means at their disposal to navigate the blockade imposed against it, Qatar views UNESCO as the ideal body to handle the complaints.
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But it's the same previous year . "That's what happened, and it came out that I got the title". "I'm just happy to be through to the final".
The Gulf Cooperation Council has given over a week's time to comply with the demands.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Qatar's answers were "overall negative and lacked any substance".
To further pressure Qatar, Saudi Arabia has totally closed its land border with its tiny neighbor, through which much of Qatar's food supply crossed. "If you look at Saudi Arabia, they are having genuine issues with their finances".
Egypt has also boycotted Qatar along with the Saudi Arabian countries over alleged ties to terrorism.
"The Foreign Secretary is urging all parties to get behind Kuwait's mediation efforts and work towards de-escalation and Gulf unity for the sake of regional stability", the UK Foreign office said in a statement.