Qatar has signed a number of agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sea, land defence supplies and technology transfer with Turkey.

The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference, in the Qatari capital, Doha. Thirty-three Turkish military defence firms took part in the exhibition.

Qatar’s ministry of interior signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkey’s Ares Shipyard, to provide nine marine vessels, to enhance the capabilities of the Qatari coast guard and the border forces.

Furthermore, Turkish defence contractor, Aselsan, has signed a partnership with Qatari counterpart, Barzan Holding, for the joint production of weapons systems, together with technology transfer.

Also, the two sides signed an export deal, in which BMC, one of the leading Turkish automotive companies, will deliver 85 armoured vehicles to Qatar.

On Jun 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, cut their air and sea routes to Qatar, and closed its only land border with Saudi Arabia, accusing Doha of backing extremism, a charge that Qatar denies.

Since the crisis erupted, Iran and Turkey have sought to help break Qatar’s isolation, including, by increasing food exports to Qatar.

Source: NAM News Network