Qatar signs a deal to purchase $12bn worth of F-15 jets from the US, Defense Ministry of Qatar says. This comes just days after the US President publicly condemned Qatar for supporting terrorism.

The Deal

According to the Defense Ministry of Qatar, the country has recently signed a deal to purchase $12bn worth of F-15 fighter jets from the US. This is despite US President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of Qatar for supporting terrorism.

According to Reuters, Qatar officials and Jim Mattis, the Defense Secretary of the United States, were supposed to meet on Wednesday in order to solidify the agreement. According to Bloomberg News, Qatar has signed to buy 36 F-15 jets.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon emailed a statement, saying that the sale “will give Qatar a state-of-the-art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar.”

This last November, the US had approved to possibly sell up $21.1bn worth of F-15QA aircrafts to Qatar- around 72 of them.

Trump’s Recent Comments On Qatar

In light of the six Middle Eastern countries that cut all ties with Qatar last week, Donald Trump had approved of their decision, saying: “The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level. I’ve decided, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, our great generals, and military people, the time has come to call on Qatar to end its funding.”

He even went as far as to take partial credit for their decision, saying: “So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding …. extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”