The $Eight billion deal was signed by Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid al-Attiyah and his British counterpart
Doha: Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to purchase 24 Hurricane fighters from Britain, its second main defence settlement this week, which comes throughout the worst political disaster within the area for years.
The $Eight-billion (6.Eight-billion-euro) deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson.
Williamson mentioned it was the most important order for Typhoons in a decade, and it follows a billion-dollar deal signed by Qatar on December 7 to purchase 12 French Dassault Aviation warplanes.
“These formidable jets will increase the Qatari army’s mission to sort out the challenges we each share within the Center East, supporting stability within the area and delivering safety at dwelling,” mentioned the British minister.
The deal additionally contains an intention for Qatar to purchase additional army gear from Britain, specifically the acquisition of Hawk plane.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by the 2 international locations for this Hurricane contract in September.
Qatar is the ninth nation to signal a deal for Hurricane jets, mentioned London.
Sunday’s deal comes at a politically delicate time for each international locations.
There are heightened tensions within the Gulf, the place a Saudi-led boycott of Qatar is in its seventh month.
Since June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have diplomatically remoted Qatar, accusing the emirate of supporting Islamist extremists and of being too near Shiite Iran, Riyadh’s arch-rival.
The 4 international locations additionally minimize off all air and sea hyperlinks to Qatar.
Qatar denies the allegations and has accused the Saudi-led bloc of aiming to incite regime change in Doha.
It’s the newest settlement in a rising checklist of defence offers signed by Qatar for the reason that disaster erupted.
Doha has additionally struck offers with the US and Italy in addition to France.
The settlement signed with France final week additionally included letter of intent to purchase 490 VBCI armoured automobiles from Nexter, a French government-owned weapons producer, in a possible deal price 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), the French presidency mentioned.
For Britain, the deal is notable in addition to it searches for main world commerce offers throughout negotiations for its withdrawal from the European Union as Brexit talks proceed.
After reaching an preliminary settlement final Friday on post-Brexit preparations for residents’ rights and the Irish border, London is now set to start talks with Brussels on a future commerce deal for when Britain is scheduled to depart the EU in 2019.
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