The agreement to supply dozens of F-15 jets to the Gulf state "is the latest twist in the highly contradictory USA diplomacy over the crisis around Qatar", says The Guardian. Qatari officials did not immediately respond to questions Thursday, though a State Department official connected the two sales.
Despite Trump's remarks, Pentagon and state department officials have moved to reassure the emirate, which houses the largest U.S. airbase in the Middle East and the command headquarters for USA military operations in the region. It houses around 10,000 troops and plays a key role in the US-led operations against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq. He added that there was no military aspect to steps taken by Arab powers against Qatar.
"We are confident that Qatar can address its remaining issues within this timeframe, prior to delivery", said a State Department official, according to the CBS News.
A South Korean F-15K jet fighter takes off during the "Max Thunder" South Korea-US military joint air exercise on April 20, 2017.
The exact number of fighters that will put US to Qatar, do not call.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar were set to meet Wednesday to seal the agreement, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters.
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.
"We encourage all our partners in the region to work towards common solutions that enable regional security", Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a spokesman for US Air Forces Central Command, said in a statement when the crisis began.
This week, the disconnect between what Trump says and what the Trump administration does became even more obvious.
The United States continues to send mixed messages as the row between two of its biggest allies in the Middle East, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, continues to get worse. "It has been a bit of a pain at times in other things ... but the American angle has often been very important".
Gulf aviation officials met on Thursday to discuss the airspace standoff resulting from the Arab world's biggest powers decision to cut ties with Qatar, prompting Doha to invoke a 1944 global agreement to try to ease the logjam.