U.S. and Qatar sign preliminary arms sales agreement valued at $12 billion

Peace and Freedom

The preliminary agreement for the sale of dozens of F-15 jet fighters comes amid escalating tensions between leading Arab countries

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, at the Al Udeid air base in Qatar in April.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, at the Al Udeid air base in Qatar in April.PHOTO: JONATHAN ERNST/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

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Updated June 14, 2017 7:53 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—The U.S. and Qatar signed a preliminary agreement for the sale of dozens of Boeing Co. F-15 jet fighters to the Persian Gulf monarchy, in a transaction that risks further ensnaring the Trump administration in an escalating dispute between leading Arab countries.

Qatar’s Defense Ministry valued the contract at $12 billion and said it would create 60,000 American jobs.

The preliminary deal was signed at the Pentagon on Wednesday by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid al-Attiyah, said U.S. and Qatari officials.

“This agreement underscores the longstanding…

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