DUBAI – Amid the prevailing Arab crisis, US and Qatar have inked an agreement for a $12-billion sale of US-manufactured F-15 fighters, international media reported.
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Secretary of defense Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah signed the letter at a time when Gulf countries have severed ties with Qatar for supporting terrorism and extremism.
US President Donald Trump has extended his support for the Saudi-led action, but other US officials have been raising voice for dialogue to end the rift.
“The $12-billion sale will give Qatar a state-of-the-art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar,” the Pentagon said in a statement.