The Qatari government is reportedly asking the Pentagon for permission to purchase a number of F-35 fighters.
Several sources familiar with the proposed deal told Reuters that the Qatari government had officially filed an application for the purchase of several F-35 fighters, although it was unclear how recently the proposal had been made or how many. jet the country was looking to buy.
One of the Reuters sources told the news that the proposal did not include a provision indicating that Qatar would join the Abraham Accords, a landmark agreement signed by Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) earlier this year to normalize the relations between the two. countries.
Qatar is a historical rival of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and any deal with the United States would likely risk angering those nations̵
A State Department spokesman declined to confirm the details of the proposal when he was contacted by Reuters.
“As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress,” the department said. The Qatari embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment, and the embassy’s website returned a server error while logging in on Wednesday afternoon.
The Trump administration agreed as part of Abraham’s agreements to consider the sale of F-35s to the UAE earlier this year, a move Israel opposes. The Polish Defense Minister became the latest foreign official to sign a deal with the United States for jets, agreeing to buy 32 in January.