Saudi Arabia and Qatar are both members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, an association of regional monarchies. It was established to coordinate their economic, political, and even military policies. Wahhabi Islam—a highly puritanical and literalist version of Islam—is the dominant sect in both, and nowhere else.
Yet on June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, along with the United
Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and the Maldives imposed
sanctions on the tiny kingdom.