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Qatar diversifies defence procurements amid GCC spat

18th January 2018 - 13:54 GMT | by Alice Budge in London


Qatar's ongoing diplomatic split from the Gulf Cooperation Council is pushing it to seek new defence suppliers, with the Gulf country now forging closer relations with ‘friendly’ nations including Turkey and China.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute on 17 January, the Qatari defence minister stressed that following the Saudi-led embargo, which began in early June 2017, diversifying the nation’s defence capabilities by developing relationships with countries across the world has been a strategic priority for the Gulf nation.

'To enhance and diversify our defence capability we need to reach out to friendly countries,' Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiyah

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