The deal, signed by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah, is part of an agreement on the sale of 72 US-manufactured F-15 to Qatar, approved by the State Department previous year.
Congress previous 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.
Speaking on Qatar’s $12bn deal with the United States to buy F-15 fighter jets, the minister said “just like other country, like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt.it is natural for Qatar to buy airplanes or parts necessary for its own defense”.
Qatar is a key American ally in the Middle East and an important exporter of natural gas.
Soon after the Gulf countries announced that they were cutting all ties with Qatar, Trump in a series of tweets accused Qatar of supporting “terror” thereby overshadowing US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s attempts to remain neutral amid the crisis.
The sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the USA and Qatar, the Pentagon said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.
“Are you with us or with Qatar?“. Their action has been “hampered by the bad optics of blocking the flow of food and medicine, the hardship opposed on individuals”, and “Qatar emerging as an underdog putting up a fight against what many may have seen as bullying”, he said.
As the rift between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc enters its second week, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, has said that Qatari authorities does not want the diplomatic crisis to continue.
Qatar on Thursday said that preparations for the 2022 World Cup were unhindered, having secured alternative supplies of construction materials to those that had been coming by land from Saudi Arabia. More than 100 aircraft operate from there, according to Al Jazeera.
The Qatari defence ministry issued a statement Wednesday hailing the F-15 deal.
The Pentagon meanwhile deployed two warships to carry out joint manoeuvres with the Qatari navy in the Gulf.
The number of Nepali migrant workers going to Qatar has gone down after the tiny Gulf nation faced diplomatic stand-off and economic embargo from other Gulf nations led by Saudi Arabia. After that, he went to Kuwait, which also tries to play the role of an intermediary for the restoration of relations between Doha and the Arab countries.
“We are working bring these states together towards a solution which satisfies both their current regional concerns and the global needs and expectations of passengers and shippers”, ICAO said.