Donald Trump signs Qatar arms deal

Donald Trump signs Qatar arms deal

They accuse Qatar of "funding terrorism", fomenting regional unrest and cosying up to their enemy Iran, all of which Qatar denies.

The Pentagon said in a statement the deal "will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar". Al Udeid Air Base is home to more than 11,000 USA and coalition troops.

Trump has repeatedly echoed the accusations against Qatar, even as his Defense and State Departments have tried to remain neutral in the dispute among key allies.

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".

Qatar's Defense Ministry said the deal would create 60,000 jobs in 42 USA states while reducing the burden on US forces.

Congress a year ago 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.

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Qatar hosts the regional headquarters for the US Central Command, which includes a state-of-the-art airbase that the US depends on to target the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Cavusoglu held talks in Kuwait with his counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah on Thursday to push mediation efforts aimed at resolving the standoff between a Saudi-led alliance and Qatar.

Two U.S warships arrived in Qatar's Hamad Port on Wednesday to conduct a joint military drill but details have not been shared, Qatar News Agency was quoted.

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

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is due to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday in an attempt to help solve the crisis.

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

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