Qatar signs deal with US to buy F-15 fighter jets
15 Jun 2017 - 7:55
Washington: The State of Qatar and the United States signed yesterday an agreement for the purchase of F-15 fighter jets, with an initial cost of $12bn.
Minister of State for Defence Affairs H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, signed the agreement on behalf of Qatar, while US Secretary of Defence James Mattis represented the American side.
Dr Al Attiyah said the agreement underscores the "longstanding commitment of Qatar in jointly working with our friends and allies in the US in advancing our military cooperation for closer strategic collaboration in our fight to counter violent extremism and promote peace and stability in our region and beyond."The minister added that the purchase agreement will directly contribute in the creation of 60,000 new jobs in 42 states across the United States.
"We believe that this agreement will propel Qatar's ability to provide for its own security while also reducing the burden placed upon the United States military in conducting operations against violent extremism," Dr Al Attiyah said.
"Qatar and the US have solidified their military cooperation by having fought together side by side for many years now in an effort to eradicate terrorism and promote a future of dignity and prosperity," he added. The signing of the agreement is "yet another step in advancing our strategic and cooperative defence ties with the US."