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

Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion

Qatari Defence Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah and his USA counterpart James Mattis completed the US$12 billion (S$16.5 billion) agreement on Wednesday in Washington, according to the Pentagon.

"We are receiving reports that specific individuals have already been summarily instructed to leave the country they are residing in, or have been ordered to return home by their own government", Hussein said.

Qatar's Ministry of Defence said that the deal would create 60,000 jobs in 42 USA states while reducing the burden on American forces.

In November, under the administration of former President Barack Obama, the United States approved a possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.

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

"America's relationship with Qatar is built on the foundation of bilateral security agreements and Qatar's strong role in facilitating United States military forward deployment in the Middle East". "America's support for Qatar is deep-rooted and not easily influenced by political changes".




Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in Doha on Wednesday as the search for a diplomatic solution to the Gulf crisis intensified.

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

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by telephone with his Omani counterpart, Oman state news agency reported.

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson urged Gulf states including Saudi Arabia to ease their blockade of Qatar on Monday.

The sale "will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar", the Defense Department said in a statement.

The sale comes amid a simmering crisis in the Gulf after Qatar's neighbors accused it of supporting terrorism and cut diplomatic ties.

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