US: ‘Premature’ to discuss Qatar base expansion

Doha: The Qatar News Agency had said on Tuesday representatives from the US and Qatar had “laid the foundation stone for expanding” the US airbase of Al Udeid.

But the Pentagon played down the development, pointing out nothing concrete had been decided.

“It is premature to discuss aspects of a potential base expansion at Al Udeid air base in Qatar,” Lieutenant Commander Rebecca Rebarich said in a statement.

“The US military is working with the Qatari ministry of defence on further details of the proposal to help us to plan appropriately and ensure we will use any new facilities effectively,” she said.


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