The request for the Lockheed Martin Co jets was submitted by the Persian Gulf state in recent weeks, the people said.
A U.S. State Department spokesman said, “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 Qatari embassy in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Keen to counter Iran in the region, the U.S. helps to arm allies including Qatar, host to the largest U.S. military facility in the Middle East, and home to 8,000 U.S. service members and Department of Defense civilian employees.
after the visit of Qatar deputy PM and Minister of State for Defense Affairs to US last month followed by unscheduled visit of US Secretary of Defense to Qatar 4 days ago Qatar submitted a formal LOR to buy F-35..US hopes to move forward with naming Qatar as a major non-NATO ally pic.twitter.com/7N04iLg2Hr— Abdulmoiz (@abdulmoiz1990) October 8, 2020
The request follows an August deal between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates in which Washington agreed to consider giving the Gulf state approval to buy F-35s in a side deal to a U.S.-brokered agreement called the Abraham Accord to normalize diplomatic ties with Israel. (end of excerpt)
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