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FILE- In this Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attends a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Qatar. Bahrain says it is cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar amid a deepening rift between Gulf Arab nations. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)

Sean Spicer said the US wants to see the Qatar issue 'de-escalated and resolved'


UPDATE 3:01 p.m. EST:  Sean Spicer said the U.S. wants the issue de-escalated and resolved.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m. EST:

The Pentagon on Tuesday praised Qatar -- which hosts a key U.S. air base -- for its "enduring commitment to regional security" as Arab nations moved to isolate it, Reuters reported.

The message of reassurance came hours after President Trump appeared to back the isolation effort in a pair of tweets.

More than 11,000 U.S. and coalition forces are deployed to Udeid Air Base in Qatar, according to the military.

UPDATE 10:01 a.m. EST:

President Trump suggested on Twitter on Tuesday morning that the isolation of Qatar by fellow Arab nations could mark "the beginning of the end of the horror of terrorism."

UPDATE June 6, 8:12 a.m.:

Kuwait is trying to mediate the growing diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbors, the Associated Press reported.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Monday that they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terror groups. The Maldives also cut relations, along with Yemen's internationally backed government and one of Libya's competing governments.

President Trump weighed in on Twitter on Tuesday morning.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Six Arab countries have discontinued diplomatic relations with Qatar over alleged support of militant groups like ISIS that are destabilizing the region, reports the BBC.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya have all cut ties with the nation, which has led Qatar to call the decisions to cut ties "unjustified" and said that the accusations had "no basis in fact." 

Saudi state news agency SPA had cited officials who said that Saudi Arabia's decision to close its borders and sever air, land, and sea contact was taken to "protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism."

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen jettisoned Qatar from the group due to its "practices that strengthen terrorism."

Many online have pointed out the hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia's decision.

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