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French missile found among arms seized in Italy sold 25 yrs ago: Khater

French missile found among arms seized in 
Italy sold 25 yrs ago: Khater

Tribune News Network
Doha
A French missile found among arsenal of weapons seized in Italy was sold by Qatar 25 years ago to a third country, a top official has said.
“Qatar is working very closely with the pertinent parties, including Italy to unveil the facts and it is very concerned as to how a missile sold 25 years ago ended up in the hands of a third non-state party,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson HE Lulwah al Khater said in a tweet on Tuesday.
“We have been following the news about the seized arsenal of weapons in the friendly Italian Republic very closely and with concern. The weapons were found with what has been described in the media as an extreme right party,” she said.
The reports have also mentioned that a French Matra air-to-air missile that was owned at one point by the Qatari Armed Forces was amongst the captured weapons.
She said the authorities in Qatar have immediately started an investigation alongside the respective Italian authorities and the authorities of another friendly nation to which the Matra missile was sold 25 years ago.
“The early stages of the investigation and tracked serial numbers illustrate that the captured Matra Super530 missile was sold by Qatar in 1994 in a deal that included 40 Matra Super 530 missiles to a friendly nation that wishes not to be named at this point of the investigation,” Khater said.

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