Qatar continues spending billions of dollars on arms deals

A Eurofighter Typhoon EF2000 fighter jet.(Reuters)

Qatar has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the British government to buy 24 British Typhoon warplanes.

The arms deal between Qatar and Britain was signed during the visit of the Qatari Minister of State for Defense, Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, to the British capital to strengthen cooperation between Qatar and the United Kingdom in the field of defense and counterterrorism, according to a statement by Qatar’s government.

The deal is part of a series of agreements Doha has spent billions of dollars on since the beginning of the crisis.

The British defense and security organization, announced that Qatar has become the third largest importer of weapons in the world, and its military spending has increased significantly during the past two years.

The report drew attention to the sudden rise in Qatar’s arms imports arms by nearly 300% between 2012 and 2016.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:01 - GMT 11:01