Qatar signs pact with USA to buy F-15 jets

Qatar signs pact with USA to buy F-15 jets

Qatar signs pact with USA to buy F-15 jets

A $12 billion deal to buy US F-15 fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, despite president Donald Trump's repeated accusations that Doha supports terrorism.

"Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis met today (Wednesday) with Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah to discuss concluding steps in finalising the Foreign Military Sales purchase of US-manufactured F-15 fighter aircraft by the State of Qatar", Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness told CNN.

A deal for the "state-of-the-art" F-15 fighter jets was signed by Qatar in Washington, which has sent conflicting signals to its longtime ally in the crisis that has seen Saudi Arabia and its allies impose sweeping sanctions on the emirate. However, imports of the pay-TV network's receivers have been blocked in both the countries following the severing of diplomatic, economic and trade ties with Qatar on 5 June.

Soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association said last week it was in "regular contact" with the 2022 World Cup organising committee of Qatar, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, along with Egypt, severed ties with Doha over alleged ties to terrorism - charges the Gulf state denies. It threatens to jeopardize their relations with Qatar and force them to choose between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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The reference to "all fronts" could refer to Turkey's military base in Qatar.

The vessels docked in Hamad Port, south Doha, on Wednesday, the Qatari defence ministry said.One Western diplomat in Qatar said this would send a message to Doha and other Gulf states.

"Saudi Arabia is important and the Saudi king is respected by everyone".

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Just in November past year, USA has approved a possible sale of F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion where it can get upto 72 fighter aircrafts.

Mevlut Cavusoglu called for dialogue to end the crisis, after meeting Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha.

The UAE has already suspended the reception of beIN content on its du and Etisalat IPTV platforms after it too cut links with Qatar over alleged support of Islamic extremists.

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