Qatar buys 24 British fighter jets worth $ 6.7 billion[/ltr]
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British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson signed a deal for the sale of 24 Typhoon fighter jets on Sunday worth $ 6.7 billion.
Williamson said that it would provide thousands of jobs for the British in the industrial sector, during a meeting in the presence of his Qatari counterpart Khalid al-Attiyah, in implementation of a preliminary agreement between the two countries from last September.
The signed deal marks a declaration of intent to continue to seek the purchase of other British Hawk aircraft, Williamson confirmed in a statement by the British Ministry of Defense, in which he said it was the decade-long contract for sales of Typhoon fighter aircraft.
According to the British minister, the aircraft will enhance the ability of the Qatari army to meet the "common challenges" of the two countries in the Middle East and ensure the stability and security of the Gulf state.
The deal is worth $ 8 billion, including high-precision missiles, as well as training programs between the two countries. "London and Doha have common interests in confronting violent extremism and ensuring stability in the region," the statement said.
The statement confirmed that Britain will continue to seek to sell the plane to other countries, including Belgium and Saudi Arabia.
The deal with Britain comes just days after Qatar bought 12 French fighter jets and 50 Airbus planes worth up to 12 billion euros on the sidelines of a visit by President Emmanuel Macaron to Doha, which is in the midst of a diplomatic crisis with a number of neighboring countries, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which boycotted it for accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, which Doha denies.