Qatar signs $12 bn deal to purchase U.S.’s F-15 jets

Qatar’s Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, stated that the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion.

The deal was accomplished in spite of the Gulf country being condemned recently by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism.

On Wednesday, both U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar were set to meet to seal the agreement, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters.

The Pentagon stated in an emailed statement on Wednesday that the sale will boost security cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and Qatar.

The Pentagon added that Defense Secretary Mattis and Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Khalid al-Attiyah also talked over the current state of operations against the ISIS and the importance of conquest stress so all partners in the gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals.

Boeing Co is the prime constructer on the fighter jet sale to the Middle East nation. In November, the United States approved possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.

Boeing dismisses to comment.

Trump criticized Qatar of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism, potentially obstructing the U.S. Department of State’s efforts to calming increasing tensions and a banning of the Gulf nation by Arab states and others on Friday.

Source: Reuters

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