Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain defend blockade on Qatar

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However, it was not Trump's administration that made this deal, but rather Barack Obama's in November 2016 accompanied by notifications to Congress.

This is why it's so unusual that Defense Secretary James Mattis would sign a $12 billion deal to sell F-15 fighter jets to the Qataris on Wednesday. This week, he's selling them $21 billion in weapons. However, on Wednesday, in Washington, Defense Secretary James Mattis formally signed the letter of offer and acceptance for the purchase. The U.S. military relies on Qatar to host the al-Udeid Air Base, and in turn both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations have rarely criticized in public Qatar's hosting of extremists or lax regulations on terror financing. Military operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East are planned and executed from there.

Simmering tensions between the US partners boiled over this month when Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with Egypt, severed ties with Qatar over its alleged support for extremism. "Given Turkey's close relations with various parties in Libya", he added, "it can also help to find a solution there".

For his part, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said that there are high chances of Erdogan soon visiting Qatar.

Qatar has maintained that it "does not, and has not, provided funding for terrorists", government spokesman Saif Al Thani said last week. Sunni monarchies like the UAE likely rallied behind Saudi leadership and against Qatar as they fear uprisings at home. That's where President Trump and the United States come in: A continued active geopolitical presence requires input on all matters concerning regional disputes, chiefly in an area that continues to harbor American troops and where military operations have been considered a potential flash point for World War III.

Kaine's discomfiture is fair. On the same day, Jordan downgraded ties with Qatar. "I don't think we have a problem with the Pentagon".

The crisis in the Persian Gulf will not deepen, next year we will probably see a new type of relations in the Middle East, Arab World expert Prof.

Some veteran diplomatssaid the weapons deal could right a relationship that has looked like it might go off the rails at any time.

Cavusoglu discussed with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah "regional and global developments", the official KUNA news agency said.

Secretary of State Tillerson has led US efforts to mediate a way out of the dispute. "Our expectation is that these countries will immediately take steps to de-escalate the situation", he said. "The policy that is being worked is the Tillerson policy, Trump's comments notwithstanding", said the official. "It is normal. We are in the stage where we want to finalize this deal".

But there is another critical issue raised by this dust-up between US allies, namely: who decides?

Experts say that this diplomatic tiff which has threatened the stability of the Gulf is one of the worst in decades.