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Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, warned that efforts to fight so-called Islamic State and counter Iran were being hurt.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants - then issued an ultimatum, including demands that it shut down a Turkish military base in Doha.

Under US law, foreign US arms sales are submitted to a small group of lawmakers, including the chairman of the Foreign Relations committee, for clearance during an informal review process before they can go ahead.

Congress has the power to block individual sales during a 30-day review period from when the state department gives notification of an impending sale.

In a letter sent to Mr Tillerson on Monday, Mr Corker said he had been pleased with Mr Trump's recent trip to Saudi Arabia, where he attended a summit of the Gulf Co-operation Council.

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President Donald Trump initially expressed his support for the actions taken against Qatar despite it hosting the largest USA military base in the Middle East.

Trump considered Corker as a potential vice president and secretary of state, and he works closely with the White House.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who was also in Washington, was unbudging amid attempts by U.S. and Kuwaiti diplomats to mediate the row which has left Qatar, a USA ally, isolated under a trade and diplomatic embargo set by its Gulf Arab neighbors. Qatar has previously also said the demands were aimed at curbing its sovereignty.

In a sharp escalation of what many consider to be the worst Gulf State diplomatic crisis in years, Riyadh has tightened the crews, giving Doha just ten days to comply with its demands, although what punishment the kingdom intends to inflict upon the tiny country if it does not comply remains unknown.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday denounced the list of demands, rejecting their request to close its military base in Qatar.

Tillerson recently pushed for an end to the blockade on Qatar, saying countries who cut ties with the country are "stronger together", and that "the elements of a solution are available", according to the Washington Examiner.

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