Qatar signs $12 billion deal to buy F-15 jets from US

Qatar signs $12 billion deal to buy F-15 jets from US

Qatari Defence Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah and his U.S. counterpart, Jim Mattis, completed the $12-billion agreement on Wednesday in Washington, according to the Pentagon.

The deal comes just weeks after Trump signed a deal with Saudi Arabia for nearly $110 billion in USA arms.

A $12bn deal to buy US F-15 fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, Reuters news agency reported.

A statement to CNN from the Pentagon says the agreement will "increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar".

In November, the United States approved possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.

Tillerson's comments however came the same day of a barage of tweets from President Donald Trump hailing the blockade as a triumph of his recent visit to the Middle East, which focused on curbing terror financing.

Trump told reporters in the White House on June 9: "The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level", he said.

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Qatar is home to the biggest USA air base in the Middle East, Al-Udeid. So far, the dispute between Doha and nations led by Saudi Arabia has yet to shake that partnership, though cracks are showing in responses from Trump and his administration.

"We believe that this agreement will propel Qatar's ability to provide for its own security, while also reducing the burden placed upon the United States military in conducting operations against violent extremism", he said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar a week ago, accusing it of fomenting regional unrest, supporting terrorism and getting too close to Iran, all of which Doha denies.

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia. But its cutoff air travel routes remain problematic.

Typically, Qatar Airways flights to the West flew over Saudi Arabia.

Qatar had asked the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to intervene after its Gulf neighbors closed their airspace to Qatar flights. "Our expectation from King Salman is that he be the leader in solving this problem", Cavusoglu said at a joint news conference with his Tunisian counterpart.

"We are friends, we've been friends now for a long time, haven't we?"

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