Turkish FM holds talks in Kuwait over Gulf crisis

Lucy Bush
June 18, 2017

"It is confusing, and the worst thing you want to do in a heated, delicate situation like this is to give mixed messages", Dr Paul Sullivan, a Middle East specialist at Georgetown University in Washington, said of the Pentagon announcement. "We must lay these out in order to solve this problem", he said.

Tellingly, the $12 billion deal was signed despite Qatar being criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting "terrorism".

Regionally, it emphasizes Mattis' vision "to have a balanced relationship with all of America's Gulf Arab partner states, and this move shows that the White House is coming around to the need to strike the appropriate balance between pressuring Qatar and continuing to work closely with it", Heras said.

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Two U.S warships arrived in Qatar's Hamad Port on Wednesday to conduct a joint military drill but details have not been shared, Qatar News Agency was quoted.

Countries are stepping up diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute between Qatar and its regional neighbours.

WASHINGTON: The sale of 36 US F-15 jets to Qatar is "more of a procedural" move than a "political" one, a USA defense analyst told Arab News, adding that defense and security ties between Doha and Washington remain integral to American interests.

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Qatar is an important base for the US military carrying out operations against Islamic State militants and other groups in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and beyond.

The Turkish chief diplomat held talks with Qatar's emir and foreign minister on Wednesday and plans to visit Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi-led blockade imposed against Qatar raised fears of a food crisis in Qatar, as most of its supplies come from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The foreign ministry said foreign affairs minister Youssef bin Alawi called for support of Kuwaiti mediation efforts as the best chance for resolving the crisis.

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The Pentagon said the jets sale would increase security cooperation between the United States and Qatar and help them operate together.

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