Qatar will buy USA some F-15 fighters

Qatar will sign a deal to buy as many as 36 F-15 jets from the USA despite tensions over President Donald Trump's backing for a Saudi-led coalition's move to isolate the country for allegedly supporting terrorism.

The Bloomberg News quoted a Defense Department statement as saying that Qatari Defense Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah and his USA counterpart, Jim Mattis, completed the $12 billion agreement on Wednesday in Washington.

The Pentagon justified the massive sale by saying the jets-reportedly 39 of them-would increase "security cooperation" between the two countries.

"The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding", Trump said.

The sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the USA and Qatar, the Pentagon said.

Qatar remains the home of some 10,000 American troops at a major US military base in the Mideast.

Tillerson has since sought to mediate the dispute from Washington, meeting with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday.

Qatar has signed a $12bn deal to buy F-15 fighters jets from the US.

Qatar has signed a $12-billion contract to buy F-15 fighter jets from the U.S., the country's defense ministry reported.

Qatar's main seaport shows all the signs of having weathered the storm. That base serves an important role in managing the fight against the IS in Iraq and Syria, as well as the war in Afghanistan.

The USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in February.

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The agreement is "yet another step in advancing our strategic and cooperative defence relationship with the United States, and we look forward to continuing our joint military efforts with our partners here in the USA", the Qatari defence minister added.

"U.S. 5th Fleet ships conduct similar port visits throughout the region as part of our normal operations", Urban said.

The $12 billion deal comes after President Trump denounced Qatar as being a "high-level" sponsor of terrorism on Friday, causing confusion about the USA stance on the crisis.

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar have always been major proponents of open-skies air transport agreements which remove restrictions on flying between states. Those cuts have seen global air travel disrupted and threatened the airline's revenues.

"We share our views to resolve this problem and remain impartial, but we say what is wrong without hesitation", he said on his return to Ankara from Kuwait on Thursday.

Gulf states and Egyptian transport ministers are meeting on Thursday at the United Nations aviation agency's headquarters in Montreal, in what would be their first direct talks since a diplomatic row erupted last week that led to the economic isolation of Qatar.

The announcement comes after a week of somewhat mixed messages from the Trump administration regarding the spat between Doha and number of Arab nations.

In Washington, a State Department spokeswoman said the United States continued to work with Qatar and other governments in the region and the planes deal had been years in the making.

However, Trump also met with Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, during his visit to Saudi Arabia last month. Iran has also begun shipping food to Qatar, where in early June nervous residents rushed on grocery stores.

The Pentagon reassurance differed from Trump's comments that applauded the decision seemed to take credit for the blockade on Qatar and the cutting of diplomatic ties.

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