Qatar signed a $12 billion defense deal with USA to buy 36 Boeing made F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jets for Qatar Emiri Air Force. Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries includes Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cuts tie with Doha and accused the country for supporting extremists.
In last November Boeing and Doha agreed on a deal for 72 F-15 fighter jets. Somehow that deal wasn’t materialized. US officials told the media that this defense tie with Qatar will enhance interoperability among these two nation for security and other issues. However, US military’s largest base is located near Doha, Qatar’s capital city.
Qatar denied allegations and stand firm against GCC countries. Amid crisis Iran and Turkey supporting Qatar and providing help. Iran sends drinking water, food items and other daily commodities for which Qatar was dependent of those GCC countries for long. Kuwaiti Amir trying to resolve the issue. Turkish president Erdogan also talks in favor of Qatar and providing troops to prevent any GCC invasion in the Emiri state in Persian Gulf.
In last May during U.S. President Donald trump’s visit, Saudi Arabian king Salman bin Abdul Aziz arranged a summit hosting most of the Muslim leaders and with US delegation to strengthen Saudi’s effort to gain more support from Washington. Recently there are other Muslim countries like Turkey, Qatar, and Iran gaining their influence over in respective ideologies. But very recent feud between Qatar and other gulf Arab countries fuels new tension across the region as well as other Muslim countries. Pakistan decided to stay neutral over this tension as Islamabad enjoys brotherly relations with the both.
Qatar’s new deal with USA for defense equipment and cooperation is sign that United States not going to infuriate this tension further, at least, not pentagon.