French de­fense min­is­ter hope­ful for fighter jets, ar­moured ve­hi­cle sale to Qatar

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

FRANCE is hop­ing to strike deals to sell 12 Rafale fighter jets and ar­moured ve­hi­cles to Qatar when Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron vis­its the coun­try in De­cem­ber, the French de­fense min­is­ter said on Thurs­day.

“We’ve been ne­go­ti­at­ing for months,” Florence Parly told BFM TV.

“We’ve also been ne­go­ti­at­ing for months about the sale of a large num­ber of ar­moured ve­hi­cles and we hope it will be con­cluded when the pres­i­dent goes to Qatar at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber,” she added.

Qatar has been strength­en­ing its mil­i­tary since its ties with other Arab states, in­clud­ing Saudi Ara­bia, have de­te­ri­o­rated.

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