Qatar has concluded a 5 billion euro ($5.91 billion) deal with Italy for seven navy vessels, the Qatari foreign minister said on Wednesday, part of a military cooperation agreement between the two countries.
Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani made the announcement at a news conference with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano in Doha after talks about efforts to end a rift between Qatar and four Arab states.
“I am pleased to announce the conclusion of a deal between the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces to buy 7 naval units from Italy in the context of the joint military cooperation between the two countries,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
He said the deal was estimated at 5 billion euros but gave no further details and did not name the companies involved.
In June last year Italy’s state-controlled shipbuilder Fincantieri said it had signed a 4-billion-euro agreement to build ships for Qatar.
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