Qatar on Thursday signed contracts worth more than ten billion euros for the purchase of at least 12 Rafale combat aircraft and 50 Airbus A321 aircraft, during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Doha.
These contracts, signed in the presence of Mr. Macron and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, also include the concession of the Doha metro and the Lusail tram, entrusted to a consortium SNCF / RATP.
The acquisition of 50 Airbus A321 represents a contract of 5.5 billion euros, said the Elysee.
The contract for the operation and maintenance of the Doha metro and Lusail tramway reaches three billion euros, said Guillaume Pepy, chairman of the board of the SNCF, and the purchase of 12 Rafale will represent 1.1 billion euros. ‘euros, according to the Elysee.
Already, in 2015, Qatar had acquired 24 Rafale for 6.3 billion euros.
Qatar has also signed a letter of intent for the supply of 490 VBCI armored vehicles by France’s Nexter, a potential contract worth 1.5 billion euros, the Elysee said.
Lastly, the Qatar authorities signed a contract to clean up the Al Karaana lagoons with the Suez group for around 100 million euros.
The two countries have also signed several strategic agreements, including a “declaration of intent on bilateral cooperation in the fight against terrorism, the financing of terrorism and radicalization”.
By signing such agreements with France, Qatar is also trying to show that it is not isolated on the international scene when a serious crisis pits it against some of its Arab neighbors.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar accusing it of supporting “terrorist” groups and moving closer to Iran.
Doha rejects these accusations and denounces an attempt to “put under guardianship” by the “quartet” Arab.