Qatar says that it never doubted US support

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Qatar has made a $12 billion deal with the US to buy F-15 fighter jets mentioning that US and Qatars military are like brothers, and that America’s support for Qatar is deep-rooted. The deal came when Qatar is facing a severe economic and diplomatic crisis because of being boycotted by Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Gulf Arab states.

Qatar hosts a big US military base housing the headquarters of US air forces in the Middle East. The base has as many as 11,000 US personnels.

However a Qatari defence ministry said that the current deal was for 36 jets, considerably reduced from the initial 72 jets with a total value of $21.1 billion that was approved by President Obama in his term. Boeing, the prime contractor, declined to comment on this.

Turkey is currently supplying some of the food imports to Qatar while Kuwait is trying to mediate the dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. There have been questions that if the current situation continues, will Qatar be able to host the 2022 world cup.

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It’s surprising that the deal came in such a crucial time when Qatar is facing and economy crisis. Those funds could have been used to help it’s population. Then again, a nation needs to be well defended if it has been boycotted by the neighboring nations. However, I wish Kuwait is able to find a level platform for both countries to talk and make a deal.

Trump tweeted about the Dispute in Middle East

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Countries such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with the neighbor Qatar, going as far as ordering its diplomats and citizens to leave and threatening deeply intertwined regional trade links and air routes.

Trump, as he is, tweeted that During my recent trip to the Middle East, I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar – look! In another tweet, he mentioned So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off. They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar.

This comes when US has a base located in Qatar, with as many as 10,000 US personnel there.

Also, during the trip to Middle East last month, it was known that Trump personally met with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, and said, “We are friends. We’ve been friends now for a long time…. Our relationship is extremely good.”

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This is embarrassing, even for the United States. US, is considered at the top of the chain, and involving itself in such tweets & criticizing is nothing but degrading to the country’s reputation. Trump should understand that, now he not only the leader of his Trump Organization, but rather a leader for the whole country and it’s people.

The King visits Indonesia

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King Salman visited Indonesia’s capitalĀ Jakarta on March 1st. This is a first visit by a Saudi Arabian King to the country after 47 years.

As expected, the King was accompanied by about 1,000 people, including princes and ministers, and was welcomed by President Joko Widodo and a guard of honor. The King also brought 459 tons of equipment including Mercedes limousines and escalators for the King to disembark from the plane.

Business deals could be announced, and a series of cooperation memoranda are also set to be signed on issues ranging from security, to health and education during the three-day visit to Jakarta. Indonesia will also seek approval to send more citizens to the annual hajj pilgrimage in western Saudi Arabia.

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