PEACE COMES AT A PRICE

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The In­sti­tute for Economics and Peace ranked Qatar 34th out of 163 in­de­pen­dent states and ter­ri­to­ries in terms of the suc­cess it has had in main­tain­ing peace.

The rank­ing also in­di­cated that Qatar was the most peace­ful coun­try in the GCC, well ahead of its neigh­bours Kuwait (rank - 51), the UAE (rank - 61), Oman (rank - 74), Saudi Ara­bia (rank - 129) and Bahrain (rank - 132), which have all taken a hit due to the war in Ye­men, ter­ror at­tacks and govern­ment crack­downs.

But the report notes that main­tain­ing peace and se­cu­rity in Qatar has cost the coun­try some $18 bil­lion, pri­mar­ily in weapons im­ports. This report comes only a few days af­ter news that Qatar has signed a con­tract for the pur­chase of “Su­per Mushshak” train­ing air­craft from Pak­istan which will pro­vide the sup­port needed to train pi­lot can­di­dates at the Mil­i­tary Col­lege.

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