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Russia, Qatar Sign Military Cooperation Agreement - Ambassador

Sputnik News

12:37 06.09.2016(updated 14:38 06.09.2016)

Qatar's Ambassador to Russia Saoud Bin Abdallah Al Mahmoud stated that the Russian and Qatari defense ministers signed a military cooperation agreement, which does not include arms purchases.

KUBINKA (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) – The Russian and Qatari defense ministers signed a military cooperation agreement, Qatar's Ambassador to Russia Saoud Bin Abdallah Al Mahmoud said Tuesday.

"We have now signed a military cooperation agreement, but it does not include arms purchases. It was signed by the two countries' defense ministers," Al Mahmoud told RIA Novosti at the Army-2016 international military and technical forum.

Qatar is exploring Russian weapons exhibited at the second annual Army-2016 international military and technical forum that could be used in counterterrorism, according to Saoud Bin Abdallah Al Mahmoud.

"[Qatar's Defense Ministry officials] are examining all kinds of weapons, getting acquainted with the hardware from which benefits can be acquired in the fight against terrorism, as well as in use by special forces," Al Mahmoud said.

The envoy noted the high level of military cooperation Qatar enjoys with Russia, adding that "we are focused on its expansion."

He added that a large group of the country's officials accompanied Attiyah during his visit to the military expo.

The Army-2016 military forum organized by the Russian Defense Ministry kicked off earlier in the day and is due to last through Sunday. The forum is held in the military-themed Patriot Park near Moscow and in a number of locations in Russian military districts.

Sputnik



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