As expected, the US stepped in to ensure that the Saudis, UAE, and Bahrain did not escalate their actions against Qatar. In particular, it was necessary to prevent any military adventure, which the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Sultan (MbS), was perfectly capable of launching, going by his record in Yemen.
This had to be done urgently if the Americans wanted to continue their operations at the Al Udeid air base in Qatar, the forward headquarters of CENTCOM.
In the event, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson undertook a visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, during which he signed an agreement with the Qatari foreign minister on June 11 to combat “terrorism financing.” He said he was trying, along with the Emir of Kuwait, to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.
He also said: “I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions [regarding terrorism] and I think those have been very reasonable.”
He, however, said on July 13 that the final resolution of the dispute might take “quite a while.”