The failed MQ-9B Predator armed drones purchase from the US angers Doha

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Qatar QatarThe Qatari government made a formal request more than a year ago to purchase four MQ-9B Predator armed drones, but the US State Department has refused to complete the sale. If Washington has yet to comply with the Doha request officially, it appears that the Joe Biden administration is opposed to granting MQ-9B Predator armed drones. Moreover, according to many observers, Pentagon defense experts, the Government of Qatar does not offer sufficient guarantees on their use and is concerned for the security of neighboring countries, particularly Israel.

As the Wall Street Journal reports today, Doha seems to be quite irritated by the failure to sell these remotely piloted aircraft, especially after the neighboring United Arab Emirates have already obtained the modern armed drone. Obviously, Abu Dhabi has a politically and militarily different weight in the Middle East. Both the US and the UAE are aware of the need to foster the well-being and prosperity of the Persian Gulf region.

In May 2019, the two countries reached an essential military cooperation agreement, confirming their mutual interest in achieving regional stability. They pledged to intensify their defense and security cooperation while also supporting the efforts of both.

Unlike Doha, which by conducting dialogue in Afghanistan has thrown the country into the hands of Taliban extremists, Abu Dhabi has always proved to be a credible partner for Washington. Since the bilateral agreement of 25 July 1994, the Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), UAE and the USA have created a “Defense Cooperation Framework,” which aims to develop joint strategic approaches to the disputes and conflicts in the region. of the Gulf, integrating the military skills of the United States with those of the Emirates. In this framework, the two countries have created a defense agreement that facilitates joint military planning operations in the event of attacks on UAE soil.

The political scenario in the Middle East has become particularly unstable in recent months due to tensions above all concerning the USA and Iran, an ally of Qatar. Since 8 May 2018, the date when the American president, Donald Trump, decided to withdraw from the nuclear deal, bilateral relations between the two countries have deteriorated due to the re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran. Therefore, the sale of four MQ-9B Predator armed drones in Doha is out of the question at the White House.

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