US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale

Qatar, US sign $12B deal on purchase of F-15 jet fighters

Defense analyst Nicholas A. Heras of the Center for a New American Security said the agreement falls under the category of "long-running deals that need to be cleared after review by different elements of the United States government".

"America's relationship with Qatar is built on the foundation of bilateral security agreements and Qatar's strong role in facilitating U.S. military forward deployment in the Middle East".

The US has signed a $12bn (£9.4bn) arms deal with Qatar, despite Donald Trump's claim that the country is a "high-level funder" of terrorism.

Congress past year approved the sale of as many as 72 F-15s in an agreement valued at as much as US$21 billion, providing authorisation for the deal that was completed on Wednesday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar on Thursday to take steps to reduce tensions that have led the Arab world's biggest powers to cut ties with Qatar. "America's support for Qatar is deep-rooted and not easily influenced by political changes".


"Just like other countries, like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt.it is natural for Qatar to buy airplanes or parts necessary for its own defense", Cavusoglu said in Kuwait following talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.

The Pentagon said in a statement that the deal "will give Qatar a state-of-the-art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar". Kuwait has led efforts to mediate the dispute. "We must lay these out in order to solve this problem".

"This is of course proof that USA institutions are with us but we have never doubted that", Reuters news agency quoted a Qatari official in Doha as saying.

Turkey is friendly to Qatar and has sent food supplies since the sanctions were imposed.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives in Riyadh on Friday for a meeting with King Salman and the Saudi government in the latest effort at mediation.

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