Qatar signs $17b deal for U.S. jets amid Gulf crisis

Qatar signs $17b deal for U.S. jets amid Gulf crisis

While saying an eagerness to resolve the crisis was seen in meetings with Qatari officials, Cavusoglu added that those officials also wanted to be provided with proof of the accusations leveled against the country, Al Jazeera reported.

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 U.S. government".

Qatar is an important base for the USA military carrying out operations against Islamic State militants and other groups in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and beyond.

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

Countries are stepping up diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute between Qatar and its regional neighbours. "America's support for Qatar is deep-rooted and not easily influenced by political changes".

"The $12-billion sale will give Qatar a state-of-the-art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar", the Pentagon said in a statement.

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In another development, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks in Doha with with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Economy and Trade Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani.

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. Al Udeid Air Base is home to more than 11,000 U.S. and coalition troops. "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.

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

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