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US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale

US, Qatar agree F-15 fighter sale”

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

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In another development, two US Navy vessels arrived in the Gulf on Wednesday for a joint exercise with Qatar's fleet, according to Doha state media.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid Al-Attiyah finalized the $12 billion agreement at the Pentagon on Wednesday, following nearly a year of negotiations and deliberations that involved the US Congress.

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

"America's relationship with Qatar is built on the foundation of bilateral security agreements and Qatar's strong role in facilitating USA military forward deployment in the Middle East". Kuwait has led efforts to mediate the dispute.

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As the rift between Qatar and the Saudi-led bloc enters its second week, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, has said that Qatari authorities does not want the diplomatic crisis to continue.

"Saudi Arabia is important and the Saudi King is respected by everyone. We pay a great attention to our relations with them", he said.

Qatar on Thursday said that preparations for the 2022 World Cup were unhindered, having secured alternative supplies of construction materials to those that had been coming by land from Saudi Arabia.

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

The Pentagon said in a statement that the deal "will give Qatar a state-of-the-art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar". It added that Mattis and Attiyah had also discussed the current state of operations against Islamic State and the importance of de-escalating tensions in the Gulf.

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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