French President Emmanuel Macron sealed multi-billion dollar military and transport contracts in Qatar on Thursday, including the sale of Rafale fighter jets and hundreds of armoured vehicles, amid mounting tensions in the Middle East. Qatar agreed to firm up an option from 2015 to buy 12 more Dassault Aviation-made Rafale fighters, and said it could purchase a further 36. It had already bought 24 planes for about 6 billion euros ($7.11 billion), including missiles. They accuse it of supporting terrorism, a charge Qatar denies. Qatar has drawn closer to Iran and sought to strengthen its military as relations with its neighbors have deteriorated, and signed military equipment deals with the United States, Russia and Britain.
Source: Egypt Independent December 07, 2017 09:56 UTC