U.S. naval warships arrive in Qatar

Pentagon agrees $12 billion jet deal with Qatar

While the two sides are far apart at the moment, there are positive signs they're willing to reach a conclusion and want Kuwait to continue to mediate, the official said, adding that Turkey was also helping.

Congress approved the sale of as many as 72 F-15s last November in an agreement valued at up to $21 billion.

Qatar has signed a $12-billion contract to buy F-15 fighter jets from the USA, the country's defense ministry reported.

Other countries have now entered the fray and are attempting to broker negotiations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, including Turkey and Russian Federation.

Defense analyst Nicholas A. Heras of the Center for a New American Security said the agreement falls under the category of "long-running deals that need to be cleared after review by different elements of the U.S. government".

"US 5th Fleet ships conduct similar port visits throughout the region as part of our normal operations", Urban told the AP.

Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years.

"Saudi Arabia is important and the Saudi King is respected by everyone".

The crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, all USA allies, has put America in a delicate situation.

Trump has echoed the accusations against Qatar, even as his defence and state departments have tried to remain neutral in the dispute among key allies.

"We've obviously got shared interests with Qatar".

Qatar will buy American McDonnel Douglas F-15 Eagle jet fighters for about $12 billion, Reuters reported.

In 2015, Ankara also offered Riyadh to establish a military base on the territory of Saudi Arabia.

"ICAO is presently reviewing requests from the government of Qatar to assess the flight restrictions imposed upon it by neighbouring states", according to an ICAO statement.

Gulf states transport ministers and aviation officials kicked off a meeting on Thursday at the United Nations aviation agency's headquarters in Montreal to discuss the airspace standoff resulting from the Arab world's biggest powers decision to cut ties with Qatar.

HE Dr al-Attiyah noted that the signing of the agreement is "yet another step in advancing our strategic and co-operative defense relationship with the U.S. and we look forward to continuing our joint military efforts with our partners here in the U.S.".

"We are friends, we've been friends now for a long time, haven't we?"

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