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US signs agreement for $13.6b arms sale to Qatar

Published on Jul 15, 2014 6:21 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States signed an agreement with Qatar on Monday to sell the Gulf Arab ally Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defence systems valued at US$11 billion (S$13.6 billion).

"Today's signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defence and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

The agreement was signed at the Pentagon by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar's defence minister, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah.

It was the biggest US arms sale so far this year, according to media reports.

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