Russia And Qatar Sign Military Cooperation Agreement

Russia's Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu and his counterpart from Qatar, Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Attiyah, signed a bilateral agreement on military-technical cooperation on the sidelines of a visit to Doha Shoigu. So report Middle East Monitor, Thursday (26/10/2017).

Shoigu arrived to Doha yesterday as his first official visit to the Gulf State, where he is scheduled to meet with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, to discuss global and regional security issues.

Russia news agencies, Sputnik reported that Rosoboronexport weapons exporter, State representative, as Russia and Qatar Defense Ministries signed a memorandum and agreement framework in defence sector before Shoigu and his partner.

Al-Attiyah recently announced the country was interested in cooperation with Russia in the defense sector, especially in the modern technology Russia. "Doha wanted to buy Russia's technology in the production of the air defense system," he said

In its history, the usual U.S. weaponry purchase Qatar, where in the year 2015 Qatar is ranked first in the world in terms of funds expended for the purchase of weaponry and U.S.-made military equipment.

This visit took place after the visit of the Emir of Qatar to Moscow a few months ago where he met with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and to discuss the situation in the Middle East as well as regional energy problems. Before this visit, Qatar's Foreign Minister held talks with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Earlier this year, Putin held several phone conversations with the Emir of Qatar, the last in July, in which he stressed the importance of normalizing the situation in Doha.

Source: hidayatullah.com