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Saudi ambassador Mohammed bin Mahmoud Al-Ali and ambassadors of each of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain in Tunisia met on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, said the Saudi Press agency (SPA).

During the meeting, they discussed procedures and steps taken by the four states on severing diplomatic and consular relations with the Qatar in light of their commitment towards upholding national security, combating terrorism, drying up sources of funding terrorism and countering extremism.

The heads of diplomatic missions stressed their countries’ keenness on preserving the interests of the Qatari people, pointing out to the exerted efforts considering the humanitarian cases of the joint families between Qatar and their states.

Each of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar earlier this June. The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran.

Announcing the closure of transport ties with Qatar, the three Gulf states gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries. Qatar was also expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.