On Wednesday, Turkey's Foreign Minister arrived in Qatar on an official visit as part of a drive to fix the GCC rift. "The $12 billion sale will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar", Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness told CNN. Qatari officials did not immediately respond to questions Thursday, though a State Department official connected the two sales. After all, Qatar exists as the gulf state with the closest possibility to joining in efforts to support long-time American and Saudi rival Iran. Their action risks complicating the conduct of USA military air operations in the region coordinated from the Al-Udeid Air Force Base, and undercuts a longstanding US goal of increased unity among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations. This facility coordinates USA military air operations across the region - from Syria to Iraq to Afghanistan.
The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to go to Riyadh on his maiden foreign visit helped raise the stature of the ambitious MBS. Bill Urban of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.
"I can confirm to everybody that there is absolutely no impact on the progress of work in the Mondial facilities and that work is proceeding normally", said Ghanim al-Kuwari, executive director at the Qatari committee overseeing preparations for the World Cup.
It said the three leaders had updated each other on contacts they had had as part of efforts to resolve the row between Qatar and fellow Arab Gulf states.
Saudi Arabia and allies have imposed a political and economic "blockade" on Qatar, in protest at Doha's alleged support for Islamist extremist groups as well as over its ties to Shiite Iran.
"The mixed messages the administration is sending on many national security issues is baffling", Sen. Both countries also offered food shipments after a rush for items was reported in many Qatari grocery shops in the immediate aftermath of the rift. But its cutoff air travel routes remain problematic. But with that airspace now closed off, the airline is flying longer routes over Iran and Turkey.
The move was, at surface level, taken with shock considering the active role that the Qatari military played in Saudi Arabia's coalition intervening in the Yemeni Civil War.
"We are working on the process related to the signing", said one Qatari official on Wednesday morning.