U.S. President Donald Trump has accused Qatar of supporting terrorism.
Although on the one hand, U.S. President Donald Trump criticised Qatar with supporting terrorism, on Wednesday, Qatar’s Ministry of Defence announced it had signed a $12 billion deal with the United States to buy F-15 fighter jets.
As per a source familiar with the matter at hand, representatives from Qatar were set to meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to seal the deal on Wednesday.
Bloomberg News has reported the deal was for 36 F-15 fighter jets.
On Wednesday, in an e-mailed statement, the Pentagon said, the sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and Qatar.
The Pentagon’s statement also mentioned that Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah discussed with U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis the importance of de-escalating tensions in the gulf region as well as the current state of operations against the ISIS.
In November 2016, the U.S. had approved the sale of upto 72 F15-QA aircrafts to Qatar for $21.1 billion.
The sale will be routed through Boeing Co.
Boeing declined to comment.
On Friday, Trump had accused Qatar of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism, and thus potentially hindering its efforts to ease heightening tensions.