Qatar buys 7 warships from Italy
"I am pleased to announce the conclusion of an agreement between the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces to buy seven naval units from Italy in the context of the joint military cooperation between both nations," Sheikh Mohammed said.
Al-Thani did not gave further details what kind of warships will be built by Italian companies, although an earlier agreement, sealed in June 2016, specifies that Italy's state-controlled shipbuilder Fincantieri company will build four warships, two support ships and an amphibious landing platform for 4-billion-euro agreement.
Qatar is currently facing up a boycott from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, nations that prevents Doha from entering ports in those four countries or crossing their territories by sea, land or air.
These four Arab nations accuse Doha of supporting terror groups, but the latter rebuffed it, and demand the reduction of its relationships with Iran and close the Al Jazeera television channel, among other demands. ■