US agreed to sell F-15 fighter jets to Qatar. Washington and Doha signed a $12 billion worth deal to sell F-15 jets, Qatar’s defense ministry has confirmed.
Defense Minister Khalid Al Attiyah and his U.S. counterpart, James Mattis signed the deal in Washington, the Qatar News Agency also reported Wednesday.
According to Pentagon, the deal will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar.
US congress agreed last year (2016) to sell Qatar the jet fighters. The deal came after the recent Gulf crisis began between some Arab states (Arab League) and Qatar. Last week, five Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen — cut off ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.
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 further reported.
The State Department last year said it had authorized the sale of 72 F-15 Strike Eagle jets to Qatar.