USA approves $300m guided missile sale to Qatar

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Since Trump's past criticism of Qatar, the country has engaged in an aggressive campaign to rebuild its reputation in the USA and prove it is a dependable ally.

As a warm-up to the emir's visit, the State Department approved the sale of 5,000 Advance Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) to Qatar, including 5,000 high explosive warheads.

Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates agreed on Friday to push for unity among Gulf nations, the White House said, amid a bitter standoff between Qatar and other US allies in the region. Trump was more than a bit player in the inception of that crisis: He sided firmly with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other neighbors who accused Qatar of spreading extremism, fomenting regional unrest and allowing funds to flow to terror groups.

Final summer season, Trump took the aspect of Saudi Arabia and different Persian Gulf nations of their ongoing diplomatic disaster with Qatar. Qatar denies the allegations and says the moves attempt to undermine its sovereignty.

President Donald Trump is welcoming the ruling emir of Qatar to the White House.

Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani can be on the White Home on Tuesday.

The meeting between the USA president and Qatar Emir Tamim al-Thani marks a major shift in the relationship between the two countries.

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Trump went on to note Qatar's purchases of U.S. weaponry, saying they buy "a lot of equipment from us, a lot of military airplanes, missiles". Qatar denies that charge but has taken steps to address US concerns. The new equipment will enable Qatar to upgrade its air-to-ground rockets into precision-guided rockets.

The Saudi-led quartet presented Qatar with a list of demands and gave it an ultimatum to comply with them or face consequences.

Trump cast Qatar's military purchases as part of an economy-juicing opportunity for the U.S.

Al Thani has noted earlier, that the US-Qatar economic trade has reached more than $125 billion and said the goal is to double the amount in the coming years.

The Emir said Trump "has been very helpful in supporting us during this blockade", and thanked the American people for being "very supportive". The country hosts some 10,000 US troops at al-Udeid Air Base, and has been building new facilities for USA troops there at Qatari expense in a bid to make it more comfortable for the Americans.

Information for this article was contributed by Ken Thomas of The Associated Press.

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