QATAR-US ARMS DEAL SIGNED
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.