UAE bans expressions of sympathy towards Qatar

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told CNN that FBI investigators have confirmed that the agency was hacked and a fake article was inserted into the agency's system.

In a major face-off in the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and some other countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing the latter of extending support to extremists.

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Turkey on Wednesday, Turkish foreign ministry sources said, as the dispute between Gulf powers and Qatar escalates.

Qatar, which hosts one of the biggest USA military bases in the Middle East, is in the midst of the biggest diplomatic row to hit the Gulf in years after eight Arab nations severed ties over what they say is Qatar's support for terrorism, a claim Doha says is "baseless".

Gargash said he hoped further steps were not needed but could not be ruled out.

Newspapers and television channels in the region have also been engaged in a war of words over Qatar's role.

Qatar has strongly denied supporting terrorism and has condemned the move, largely spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, to isolate it.

"It will not contribute to solving any problem to try and isolate in this way Qatar, which we know for sure has fought very effectively against terrorist groups", Erdogan said on Tuesday evening.

Sheikh Sabah visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to try to mend fences, but no details were released on his mission.

That announcement came hours after President Trump took credit for Saudi Arabia's decision to cut diplomatic ties with the Persian Gulf neighbor.

According to Jordan's government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani, the Jordanian government has also revoked the license of Al Jazeera, preventing the network from operating in Jordan.

The three Gulf states announced the closure of transport ties with Qatar and gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries.

- Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit says he regrets the split between Arab countries.