Ecuador has evinced interest in buying used fighter aircrafts and battleships from Qatar, Ecuador’s Defence Minister Patricio Zambrano Restrepo said in Doha yesterday.
Restropo was leading an official delegation at the Doha International
Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (Dimdex 2018), that concluded
at the Qatar National
Convention Centre yesterday.
While expressing happiness at the discussions with his defence
counterparts from Qatar and some other participating countries at the
exhibition, the Ecuadorian minister said he could realise that Qatar is
in possession of some of the most sophisticated equipment, fighter
planes and battleships.
“We have adequate requirements of battleships to provide protection and
security to the seas around our country as there have been incidents of
pirate activities,” he said, citing the reasons for showing interest in
buying ships and aircraft from Qatar.
Restropo described Dimdex as one of the most advanced exhibitions of
naval and defence equipment he has ever came across. “The equipment
showcased at the expo were of extremely good quality,” he said.
Restrapo also extended an invitation to a high-level defence delegation
from Qatar to visit his country. A month ago, a ministerial delegation
from Ecuador had met the Qatar Airways management and sought a direct
service between Qatar and Quito.
Ecuadorian Armed Forces Commander Caeser Merizalde said he was highly
impressed by the exhibits at Dimdex and high-level of participation by
various delegations. “I am hopeful that our country would have a bigger
delegation at the next edition of Dimdex,” he said.
Ecuador Naval Staff chief Renan Ruiz Cornejo said he visited the
exhibition of warships at the Hamad Port and was extremely pleased to
have toured some of the most equipped warships from the UK, the US,
Italy, India, Pakistan, Oman and
At the meeting yesterday, Restrapo lauded the efforts being made by
Ecuador’s ambassador to Qatar Ivonne Juez ABaki in helping their country
build extremely good bilateral relations with Qatar in such a short
period after her arrival in Qatar.
Minister of Defence from Ecuador Patricio Zambrano Restrepo (second from left) with Ecuadorian Armed Forces Commander Merizalde Caesar (left), ambassador Ivonne A-Baki and Chief of Naval Staff Renan Ruiz Cornejo yesterday: PICTURE: Ram Chand