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US Navy boats in Qatar for joint exercise

AFP  |  Doha 

Two US Navy vessels arrived in the for a joint exercise with Qatar's fleet, according to Doha state media.

The American boats arrived yesterday at Hamad Port south of Doha "to participate in a joint exercise with the Qatari Emiri Navy," according to a statement posted on the Qatar Agency.

It is not clear when the joint exercise was arranged, but it will take place during a time of crisis in the

and allies have imposed a political and economic "blockade" on Qatar, in protest at Doha's support for Islamist extremist groups as well as over its ties to Shiite

The move has been backed by nations including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and others.

Qatar strongly denies the charges and claims neighbouring countries are trying to interfere with its foreign policy.

America's largest air base in the Middle East, Al-Udeid, is in Qatar.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 02:48 IST