During the halftime of the key World Cup 2022 match in Doha between Iran and the United States on Tuesday, the Biden administration approved a $1 billion arms sale to Qatar.
Qatar’s acquisition of 10 defensive drone systems, 200 interceptors, and related material was approved by the State Department as the second half of the USA-Iran match got underway. Qatar, along with other Gulf states, is endangered by Iranian-supported proxies, enablung the purchase to be approved.
The statement said that the sale would help achieve the United States’ foreign policy and national security objectives by improving the security of a key ally and economic success in the Middle East.
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