Saturday, June 17, 2017

US sells 12B worth of fighter jets to "Terrorist funder" Qatar


The US vessels have arrived in Qatari waters to participate in joint navy drills just days after the American president accused Doha of supporting terrorism. On Wednesday Washington also struck an arms deal with Qatar, estimated at around 12 billion US dollars.

One Qatari Official said this is proof that the US still backs the Gulf state.

Trump said he will do whatever it takes to defeat terrorism and those supporting,
The nation of Qatar has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level.
 So everyone was waiting to see what actions the US would take against the Gulf country. Sanctions perhaps? But no, instead the US has signed a deal to sell Doha 12 billion dollars worth of fighter jets. And there are plans to sell them even more later this year and that's not all.

Two US navy combat ships have reportedly arrived in Doha to carry out joint drills with the Qatari navy. Conflicting messages much?

The Qataris by no means the only country accused of funding terrorism. Iran has long been on the US terror blacklist.

Trump:
For decades Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. Threatening the region and causing so much violence. All nations of conscience must work together to isolate. There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you and the threat posed by Iran and that is indeed a threat. There is no question about it.
 So while Iran is imposed with sanctions over sanctions and sanctions, the Qataris are getting Military base, Weapons and Joint drills? Conflicting messages indeed.

Heather Nauert from US state department:
That was a deal that was a long time in the making. That is not a brand new deal that just came out. We just continue to work with the nation of Qatar and the Government and other partners in the region. These are necessary actions to not only support US interest in the Gulf but also keeping that region as safe as is possible.
Mixed messages have been coming from Washington too. While trump calls for Qatar to end it's alleged funding of terrorism, his secretary of state Rex Tillerson has called for the blockade on the Gulf state to be eased.

Apparently cutting ties with Qatar or imposing sanctions, just wouldn't be good business.

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