The US will maintain good relations with Qatar, President Donald Trump has told an American news channel, adding that the US airbase won't be moved out of the Middle Eastern country despite the diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on Doha by the Saudi-led group.
Qatar is home to the Al-Udeid airbase that holds the forward headquarters of Central Command and hosts around 10,000 American troops. Trump said, "We are going to have a good relationship with Qatar and not going to have a problem with the military base. If we ever had to leave, we'd have 10 countries willing to build us another one. And they'll pay for it. The days of us paying for things are largely over."
During the two-day visit, Trump also signed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110bn.