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Qatar to buy 12 Rafale fighter jets


QNA
Doha
The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani and French President Emmanuel Macron witnessed the signing of a host of deals between Qatar and France in various fields, especially in the defence and transport sectors.
On Thursday, Qatar signed a deal with France to buy 12 French-built Rafale fighter jets. It comes on top of a 2015 agreement on the purchase of 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale warplanes.
Qatar also signed a letter of intent to buy 490 VBCI armoured vehicles from Nexter, a French government-owned weapons manufacturer, in a potential deal worth 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion), the Elysee said.
The two countries also signed a deal on the operation and maintenance of the Doha Metro, currently being built as the country prepares for the football World Cup in 2022.
A cooperation agreement between the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and French waste and water management group Suez was also signed.

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