Qatar says fighter jets deal shows deep US support

"We need to overcome it through peace and dialogue", Cavusoglu said, underlining that Turkey was contributing to the peace process.

Qatar is home to the largest USA military base in the Middle East and the deal "reaffirms the traditionally close ties between the two countries", says Vice News.

Tellingly, the $12 billion deal was signed despite Qatar being criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting "terrorism".

Qatar is facing an economic and diplomatic boycott by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies who cut ties last week, in the worst rift among Gulf Arab states in years.

WASHINGTON: The sale of 36 US F-15 jets to Qatar is "more of a procedural" move than a "political" one, a United States defense analyst told Arab News, adding that defense and security ties between Doha and Washington remain integral to American interests.

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In another development, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held talks in Doha with with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Economy and Trade Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim al-Thani.

The Pentagon said the jets sale would increase security cooperation between the United States and Qatar and help them operate together. Qatar hosts the regional headquarters for U.S. Central Command, which includes a state-of-the-art air base the U.S. depends on to target "Islamic State".

Qatar which is under diplomatic troubles in the Arabian peninsula with Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain cutting their ties with the nation has signed a military pact with the U.S for USD12 Billion where it would be acquiring F-15 Fighter Jets.

"Just like other countries, like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt.it is natural for Qatar to buy airplanes or parts necessary for its own defence", Cavusoglu said in Kuwait following talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkey is friendly to Qatar and has sent food supplies since the sanctions were imposed. "We must lay these out in order to solve this problem", he said.

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