Qatar crisis: The latest developments

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Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness told CNN Wednesday that the sale "will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar".

In November, under the administration of Barack Obama, the United States approved a possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion.

A few weeks ago America also sealed a deal with Saudi Arabia, selling them weapons worth $100 billion (£78.4 billion).

The Pentagon said the jets sale will increase security cooperation between the USA and Qatar and help them operate together.

The deal reaffirms the traditionally close ties between the two countries, and contradicts the position Trump took in the White House on June 9.

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Reconciliation efforts have expanded to resolve the crisis between Qatar and Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, after the intervention of Russian Federation and Morocco; this, in addition to the efforts exerted by Kuwait and the United States since the beginning of the crisis.

One Qatari source said that the Emirate was purchasing 36 of the F-15 tactical fighter jets in the deal finalized in Washington on Thursday.

"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", he said. 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.

Qatar hosts the regional headquarters for the US Central Command, which includes a state-of-the-art airbase that the US depends on to target the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Al Udeid Air Base is home to more than 11,000 United States and coalition troops. However, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the a collective statement has accused 59 individuals and 12 charity organisations in Qatar of being "linked to terror".

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have severed relations with Doha, cut travel and commerce links last week over Qatar's support for some Islamist groups as well as its ties with Iran.

"We share our views to resolve this problem and remain impartial, but we say what is wrong without hesitation", he said on his return to Ankara from Kuwait on Thursday.

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