The diplomatic crisis continues between the Saudi-aligned nations, and Qatar in light of Qatar's negative response Monday to the Saudi-led countries list of thirteen demands issued on June 22, 2017. Foreign ministers of the Saudi-led bloc that imposed the embargo on Qatar said Wednesday they regretted the emirate's "negative" response to a list of demands to end a diplomatic crisis.
In a statement today, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry stated "The ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates "regret the negative response from Qatar." Shoukry went on to explain, Qatar's response to the bloc's conditions had "no substance." The ministers stopped short of announcing an escalation after the expiration of the deadline they had set for Qatar.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir commented, "they had received Qatar's response to their demands and would take steps at the appropriate time."
While Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates have not said what steps they could take next, there are fears of a wider embargo which would hurt the Qatari economy further.
It was announced earlier, that Moody's was downgrading the emirate's outlook to negative from stable over the crisis.