QATAR-US ARMS DEAL SIGNED

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UQatar and the US have signed an arms deal to the tune of $11 bil­lion (QR40.04 bil­lion) on Qatar's pur­chase of US Pa­triot and Javelin de­fence sys­tems and Apache he­li­copters, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by US State De­fense de­part­ment.

S De­fense Sec­re­tary Chuck Hagel hosted Qatar's Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Af­fairs HE Ma­jor Gen­eral Ha­mad bin Ali Al At­tiyah at the Pen­tagon to sign let­ters of of­fer and ac­cep­tance for the deal on July 14. The weapons deal was the big­gest for the United States in 2014 and came as Qatar weighs in pro­pos­als from Boe­ing, BAE Sys­tems and Das­sault Avi­a­tion. “To­day's sign­ing cer­e­mony un­der­scores the strong part­ner­ship be­tween the US and Qatar in the area of se­cu­rity and de­fense and will help im­prove our bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion across a range of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions,” said Pen­tagon Press Sec­re­tary John Kirby.

Sec­re­tary Hagel also used the meet­ing to ex­press his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sup­port that Qatar pro­vides US forces in the coun­try.

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