Qatar signs pact with USA to buy F-15 jets

Qatar signs pact with USA to buy F-15 jets

Trump has echoed the accusations against Qatar, even as his defence and state departments have tried to remain neutral in the dispute among key allies. Qatar hosts the regional headquarters for U.S. Central Command, which includes a state-of-the-art air base the U.S. depends on to target "Islamic State".

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 USA government".

In Washington, a State Department spokeswoman said the United States continued to work with Qatar and other governments in the region and the planes deal had been years in the making.

A Qatari defense ministry source said the deal was for 36 jets.

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.

Qatar is home to the largest United States military base in the Middle East and the deal "reaffirms the traditionally close ties between the two countries", says Vice News.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a Gulf tour trying to help broker an end to the crisis, defended the deal.

Two US warships arrived at Hamad port in Qatar on Wednesday as part of a planned joint military exercise involving marine forces, Qatar's state news agency said.

A Saudi-led blockade imposed against Qatar raised fears of a food crisis in Qatar, as most of its supplies come from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar which is under diplomatic troubles in the Arabian peninsula with Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain cutting their ties with the nation has signed a military pact with the U.S for USD12 Billion where it would be acquiring F-15 Fighter Jets.

Cavusoglu also said he would visit Kuwait later Wednesday and meet Saudi Arabian king Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Friday in Mecca. "We pay a great attention to our relations with them", he said.

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