Qatar signs 12bn deal to buy F-15 jets from US

Thursday 15 June 2017 2 months ago 74   Washington   Print

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Report  Web desk : WASHINGTON: Qatari Ministry of Defense said the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticised recently by US President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar were set to meet Wednesday to seal the agreement, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters. Bloomberg News reported the deal was for 36 jets. The sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the US and Qatar, the Pentagon said in an emailed statement. Defense Secretary Mattis and Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah also discussed the current state of operations against the ISIS and the importance of de-escalating tensions so all partners in the gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals, the Pentagon added. (01)