Maldives joins 4 other nations in cutting ties with Qatar

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis left and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listen to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop right during a joint press conference in Sydney Monday

Dubai's budget carrier flydubai also said it will suspend flights to and from Doha.

Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, said on its state news agency that Qatar's policy "threatens Arab national security and sows the seeds of strife and division within Arab societies according to a deliberate plan aimed at the unity and interests of the Arab nation".

The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with the tiny peninsula of Qatar. Al Jazeera is now blocked in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Qatar has yet to comment on the growing crisis.

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Tillerson, speaking at a news conference in Sydney, said it was important that the Gulf states remain unified and he encouraged the parties to address their differences. The Foreign Ministry called the accusations "baseless" and said they were part of a plan to "impose guardianship on the state, which in itself is a violation of sovereignty". "It is also the end of the Muslim Brotherhood presence in Qatar", he wrote.

"We have no further comments for the time being".

A statement from the aviation body said the decision was effective immediately and involves all the Qatari private and commercial airplanes which will be banned from crossing the Saudi airspace. Qatar shares a massive offshore gas field with the Islamic Republic. Its Gulf Arab neighbors responded with anger, blocking Qatari-based media, including Al-Jazeera.

Bahrain's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a statement early Monday saying it would withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Qatari capital of Doha within 48 hours and that all Qatari diplomats should leave Bahrain within the same period.

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Qatar long has faced criticism from its Arab neighbors over its support of Islamists. Eight months later, they returned their ambassadors as Qatar forced some Brotherhood members to leave the country and quieted others.

Qatar denies funding extremist groups.

At that Saudi conference, Trump met with Qatar's ruling emir. Trump asked at the meeting.

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