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The United States sells weapons to Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Money has no colour or passport. Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism. He did it after several Middle East countries, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen (all Usa allied), cut off ties with Qatar, accused Doha of supporting terrorism.

Usa and Qatar completed the agreement that includes selling 36 F-15 jets for $12 billion. To confirm was Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid Al Attiyah and his U.S. counterpart, James Mattis. The Pentagon said this deal “will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar”. This deal is only part of a bigger one: the U.S. Congress agreed last year to sell fighter jets to Qatar while the latest deal came after a recent Gulf crisis began between some Arab states and Qatar.

This sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the US and Qatar, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Mattis and Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah 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. But they also talked about another millions dollar affair: in November, the United States approved to sale up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.

Boeing Co who has begun the prime contractor on the fighter jet sale to the Middle East nation declined to comment.

A third million deal concerning the sale of F-16 fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp to Bahrain, remains under consideration, but approval is not as far along, said one of the sources.

That seems to be the policy of Usa for the next period: instead of fighting and taking part directly to peace missions, the y prefer selling weapons and armaments. And sell it both the fighters.

Qatar is the largest U.S. air base in the Middle East (ten thousand soldiers) – and Kuwait have ramped up military spending after uprisings across the Arab World and amid rising tensions between Gulf Arab states and Iran. Even than both of them, Qatar and Kuwait, are part of a 34-nation alliance announced by Saudi Arabia in December aimed at countering Islamic State and al Qaeda in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan.

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