Nepal sees declining number of migrant workers to Qatar following crisis

Qatar, US sign $12B deal on purchase of F-15 jet fighters

The Pentagon said in a statement that the deal "will give Qatar a state-of-the-art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar".

The Bloomberg News pointed out that, while Trump appeared to back Saudi Arabia and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a more neutral tone, the Defense Department underscored its relations with Qatar, saying the USA was grateful to the country for its support of the US presence there. Al Udeid Air Base is home to more than 11,000 US and coalition troops.

"We are receiving reports that specific individuals have already been summarily instructed to leave the country they are residing in, or have been ordered to return home by their own government", Hussein said.

Congress previous year approved the sale of as many as 72 F-15s in an agreement valued at as much as US$21 billion, providing authorisation for the deal that was completed on Wednesday.

A Qatari defense ministry source said the deal was for 36 jets.

"This is of course proof that U.S. institutions are with us but we have never doubted that", Reuters news agency quoted a Qatari official in Doha as saying.

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Qatar hosts the biggest United States military base in the Middle East with more than 11,000 troops deployed or assigned to al-Udeid Air Base.

Two US warships arrived at Hamad port in Qatar on Wednesday as part of a planned joint military exercise involving marine forces, Qatar's state news agency said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, on a Gulf tour trying to help broker an end to the crisis, defended the deal.

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.

Cavusoglu held talks in Kuwait with his counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah on Thursday to push mediation efforts aimed at resolving the standoff between a Saudi-led alliance and Qatar. "We pay a great attention to our relations with them", he said.

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