Qatar on Wednesday announced the conclusion of a €5bn deal with Italy to buy seven Italian naval vessels within the framework of military co-operation between the two countries.
At a joint press conference in Doha on Wednesday with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano, HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the deal comes within the framework of a military co-operation programme between the two countries under which the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces will receive seven Italian naval vessels.
The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs' visit to Qatar also witnessed the signing of other agreements between investment agencies in the two countries to consider joint projects and exchange of opportunities between the two sides, Sheikh Mohamed noted.
“We have strong political and economic relations with Italy and important co-operation in the defence and security fields along with continued political consultation between the two countries," he added.
The Foreign Minister said his Italian counterpart held a series of talks with His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad a-Thani and Qatari officials in addition to bilateral talks held between the two sides.
Talks dealt with bilateral ties between Qatar and Italy and developments in the Gulf crisis, especially the outcome of the Manama meeting that brought together the four siege countries, he informed.
The two parties agree on the need to respect international law, no matter how acute the dispute is, and to engage all parties in a constructive dialogue, Sheikh Mohamed said, stressing that the question of the region's security shall not be subject to such measures in the future.
The Foreign Minister said he briefed his Italian counterpart on the developments and negative repercussions of the siege at the economic and humanitarian levels along with the illegal measures being imposed by the blockading countries on Qatar.