The President of France Emmanuel macron arrives in Doha for talks with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hammad al-Thani. The main issue on the agenda – economic cooperation, including in the defense sphere.
Immediately after landing, he visited the air base «al-ADAT» — the largest American military base in the middle East. In addition to the 10,000 American soldiers who are serving here and hundreds of French soldiers.
Qatar intends to buy 50 Airbus А231 and 12 Rafale combat aircraft produced by the French Corporation Dassault Aviation. The first contract on supply of 24 combat aircraft, was signed in 2015, it amounted to six billion euros.
There are negotiations about delivery of 300 wheeled armored VBCI, which are produced by the Nexter group. France wants to obtain a concession to operate metro in Doha. The deal is estimated at three billion euros.