The U.S. has around 10,000 troops in Qatar, as well as the forward headquarters of the military's Central Command that's conducting air campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
Qatar National Bank (QNB), the largest bank in the Middle East and Africa, has said no significant outflows of deposits have taken place since a diplomatic rift started between Qatar and four Arab countries. "The ports are open, the airports are open", Al-Jubeir said while standing next to Tillerson in the Benjamin Franklin room. The sources pointed out that the Gulf countries were keen; however, to at least neutralise Turkey from assisting Qatar in the crisis.
That said, he also admitted he is "very bitter" about how the other countries abruptly cut diplomatic ties with the small Gulf state.
The UN has spoken of alarm about the Gulf-led blockade on Qatar, warning it could lead to widespread suffering among ordinary people.
Qatar imports about 40 percent of its food from Saudi Arabia, the only country that has land border with Qatar.
The United Nations aviation agency said on Wednesday it was reviewing a request from Qatar to intervene in the crisis.
The crisis comes two weeks after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt blocked several Qatar-based media outlets following comments allegedly made by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Hamad Al Thani hailing Iran as an "Islamic power" and criticizing President Donald Trump's policy toward Iran.
Later on Tuesday, the UAE ambassador to the United States, which has an air base in Qatar, said there was no military component to the steps taken against Doha.
Zeid warned today that the move had "the potential to seriously disrupt the lives of thousands of women, children and men, simply because they belong to one of the nationalities involved in the dispute".
Iran has been sending five cargoes of food products to Qatar in recent days.