Turkey, Qatar sign MoU to cooperate on defense industry

January 29, 2013, Tuesday/ 16:42:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Parliament recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Turkey and Qatar on cooperation in the defense industry.

The MoU between the two countries, which underlines their desire to further develop cooperation in the defense industry by utilizing their scientific and technical capabilities for military equipment and weapons, was signed in Ankara on July 2, 2012, and published in the Official Gazette on Jan. 26, 2013, as Law 4172.

The MoU emphasizes the friendship and cooperation between the governments of Turkey and Qatar which should be further developed and strengthened on the basis of principles of mutual interest and equal rights and should contribute to the mutual interests of both countries as well as to the peace and security of the world.

According to Article 1 of the MoU, the purpose of the MoU is to provide cooperation in the defense industry between the two countries by improving the capabilities of both countries through more effective cooperation on development and production of goods and services, which includes weapons and military equipment.

Article 3 states that the countries should cooperate in compliance with their own national regulations and defense priorities.

According to Article 6, the responsible authorities for the implementation of the MoU are the Ministry of Defense for the Turkish side and the Ministry of Defense on the Qatari side.

The MoU was signed on behalf of the Turkish government by Maj. Gen. Nihat Kökmen and on the behalf of the Qatari government by Brig. Gen. Jassem Saif A. Al-Sulaiti.

Turkey and Qatar also recently signed an agreement regarding cooperation on the training of military personnel.

The Military Training Cooperation agreement between Turkey and Qatar was signed in Ankara on July 2 and published in the Official Gazette on Nov. 7 as Law 3849.

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