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Russian defense minister to sign military-technical cooperation agreement with Qatar

February 20, 7:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

An agreement on military and technical cooperation between Moscow and Doha confirms earlier reached agreements on weapons supplies and is in the final stage of the approval

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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu will sign a military and technical cooperation agreement with Qatar during his visit to the Arab country, planned to be held in the coming months, Russian Ambassador to Qatar Nurmakhmad Kholov told TASS.

According to Kholov, an agreement on military and technical cooperation between Moscow and Doha confirms earlier reached agreements on weapons supplies and is in the final stage of the approval.

"We expect that following the approval of certain provisions in the document it will be signed during a planned visit of Sergey Shoigu to Doha in the coming months," Kholov said in an interview with TASS.

The Russian diplomat said that talks on the development of bilateral military ties gained impetus with the appointment of Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah to the post of the defense minister of Qatar.

"Upon an invitation from Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, he (the Qatari defense minister) visited the Army-2016 expo in September of 2016, when an agreement on military cooperation was signed stipulating an exchange of experience and delegations and education at military institutes," Kholov said.

"We believe that his step will help to further develop coordination between the ministries, including in the sphere of fight against international terrorism," he stated.

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