Qatar Crisis Mediators Expect Saudi, UAE Proposals Soon


Qatari Defence Minister Khalid Al-Attiyah and his USA counterpart, Jim Mattis, completed the $12-billion agreement on Wednesday in Washington, according to the Pentagon. "The $12 billion sale will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar".

Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Bahrain severed ties and transportation links with Qatar last week, in an unprecedented move created to punish it for supporting extremist groups in the region as well as its close relationship with Iran.

Amid ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East, the United States has sealed the deal to sell Qatar $12 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets.

Trump has recently denounced Qatar as a state sponsor of terrorism following multiple Middle Eastern nations severing diplomatic ties with the nation.

While no details of the talk were revealed, the Pentagon had earlier renewed its praise of Qatar for hosting a vital USA air base and for its "enduring commitment to regional security".

Abadi's visit to Saudi Arabia was to foster reconciliation between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and majority Shi'ite Iraq - and help heal deep and bitter divisions between Iraq's Shi'ites and Sunnis. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson initially declined to take sides, but his cautious approach was overshadowed nearly immediately by President Donald Trump - who sent tweets appearing to take credit for and praising the Saudi-led bloc's decision.

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"We ask Qatar, and other nations in the region to do more and do it faster".

Gargash tweeted Qatar's reputation has been damaged and said it is important that Doha makes a U-turn before it's too late. More than 100 aircrafts operate from the base.

Two US warships arrived at Hamad port in Qatar on Wednesday as part of a planned joint military exercise involving marine forces, Qatar's state news agency said.

Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday the crisis between Qatar and some Arab countries should be resolved "through peace and dialogue", Anadolu reported.

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia.

"We are receiving reports that specific individuals have already been summarily instructed to leave the country they are residing in, or have been ordered to return home by their own government", Hussein said.