One of the Reuters sources told the outlet that the proposal did not contain a provision stating that Qatar would join the Abraham’s accords brokered by the United States, a landmark agreement signed by Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). earlier this year, normalizing the relationship between the two. countries.
Qatar is a historical rival of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and any deal with the United States would likely risk angering officials in those countries. The deal is also expected to conform to a decades-old agreement with Israel that the United States will not make any arms sales that threaten Israel’s military rule in the Middle East.
A State Department spokesperson declined to confirm details of the proposal when contacted by Reuters.
“As a matter of principle, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defense sales or transfers until they are officially notified to Congress,” the department said. The Qatari embassy in Washington did not immediately return Reuters’ requests for comment, and the embassy’s website returned a server error during access on Wednesday afternoon.
The Trump administration agreed, as part of the Abraham Accords, to consider selling the F-35s to the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, a move Israel opposes. Poland’s defense minister became the most recent foreign affairs official to sign a deal with the United States for the jets, agreeing to buy 32 jets in January.