US and Qatar sign a $12bn deal

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Qatar and the United States have signed an agreement for purchase F-15 fighter jets. The cost of the purchase has been set at $12bn. This deal comes with a motive to settle down the dispute in the Gulf.

The deal signed on Wednesday, was negotiated by Qatar’s Minister of Defence, Khalid Al Attiyah and Jim Mattis in Washington.

The Defence Minister of Qatar said, “longstanding commitment of the state of Qatar in jointly working with our friends and allies in the United States in advancing our military cooperation for closer strategic collaboration in our fight to counter violent extremism and promote peace and stability in our region and beyond.”

He also remarked, “yet another step in advancing our strategic and cooperative defense relationship with the United States, and we look forward to continuing our joint military efforts with our partners here in the US.”

This sale will enable Qatar to increase its security operations and will be a state of the art asset in their arsenal.

Before the deal with Qatar, the US signed a deal with Saudi Arabia worth $110bn for US arms. The deal with Qatar is also aimed at solving the diplomatic dispute in the Gulf, which arose when Saudi Arabia along with UAE and other countries accused Qatar of having ties with terrorist organizations.

Even after Trump’s Tweets accusing Qatar of terrorism, the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remains neutral. He even called on Saudi Arabia to reopen its borders with Qatar. This led to a state of confusion in the dispute.

The US diplomats have been trying to resolve the dispute and on Tuesday the State Department made a statement that the efforts were going in a positive direction.

 

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