Qatar, Russia sign military cooperation deal

Qatar and Russia signed on Tuesday a military cooperation agreement, reported Anadolu Agency.

The deal came during a meeting between Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu.

“We have now signed a military cooperation agreement, but it does not include arms purchases. It was signed by the two countries’ defense ministers,” Al Mahmoud told RIA Novosti at the Army-2016 international military and technical forum.

“Ways of supporting and promoting military cooperation relations between Doha and Moscow were discussed during the meeting between the two ministers in Russia,” the Qatari agency said.

Qatar is exploring Russian weapons exhibited at the second annual Army-2016 international military and technical forum that could be used in counter terrorism, according to Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia Saoud Bin Abdallah Al Mahmoud said on Tuesday.

On September 4th, Qatar signed with the European firm MBDA a deal to install a defense system along its coast to help stop hostile ships entering its territorial waters.

The new deal was contracted by Qatar to outfit seven of its newest ships with missiles, a deal worth around $1.1 billion

Also, on September 1st, US lawmakers are finally set to approve Qatar’s purchase of 36 F-15 fighter jets from Boeing.

According to Arabian business, Qatar is seeking to close a $124 million military sale with the United State which includes the purchase of patrol boats and machine guns.