Nexter-Arquus infantry fighting vehicle on agenda for Al Thani-Macron talks
Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's visit to Paris at the end of this month will focus on defence issues.
Mohammed bin Salman's planned visit to London is the object of lively diplomatic exchanges. Behind the scenes, Buckingham Palace, Doha and even Manama are each looking to ensure their interests are served.
Now that the aircraft are starting to be delivered to Indonesia, it has emerged that several small private operators have been busy working to help the Qatar Air Force's Mirage 2000-5s land in Jakarta.
The Indonesian defence minister Prabowo Subianto is increasingly turning to Western consultants to help equip his air force. Those consultants also appear to be linked to Qatar.
Dahra Global's defence partners and the companies it distributes are trying to distance themselves from the Omani defence reseller. It has been accused of being used by Israeli intelligence to garner information on a top secret programme in Qatar, revealed at the time by Intelligence Online.
After having originally targeted doping and then corruption and sexual and moral abuse, the number of private investigations being carried out in the world of sport has exploded, partly due to the political importance sport has taken on in some countries.
Close to Qatar's reigning Al Thani family and a key player in the country's economy, Fahad Hussain Al Fardan recently lost his bid to overturn a Qatari court's ruling against him in favour of Lebanon's Bank Audi.
Bullpen, a subcontractor for Akin Gump, is netting $32,500 monthly for its role as a footsoldier in the lobbying wars between the two long-feuding Gulf states.
Allegations that Qatari banks and individual citizens linked to the reigning Al Thani family transferred funds to the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda will finally not be tested before Britain's Commercial Court. The accused parties were all found to have diplomatic immunity.
While Qatar has yet to enter the Abraham Accords, the FIFA World Cup has provided for an unprecedented Qatari-Israeli rapprochement, with Israeli fans in Doha for the event. Many have come on flights run by Tus Airways.
Entrepreneur Rajat Khare, who industrialised the practice of hacking for hire and now heads Luxembourg investment company Boundary Holding, keeps up close relations with Qatar. He has helped companies in his investment portfolio to win security contracts at this year's FIFA World Cup.
Initially considered for training missions in France, then promised to Bulgaria, 12 French Air Force Mirage will instead wing their way to Indonesia, whose government is trying to wean itself off Russian materiel.
In a bid to attract more foreign capital to France, the government is creating a new ambassadorial position for sovereign wealth funds. The new role would establish a direct channel between Paris and SWFs, especially those from the Arab Gulf states such as PIF, ADIA, QIA and ADQ.
By teaming up with the American consulting firm JMH Group, the Qatari conglomerate Salam International is trying to take advantage of the rapprochement between the two countries to form new partnerships, particularly in cyber.
Both capitals want to be the main mediator in the negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme and are now competing directly for the role. Both have called in their respective spy chiefs to work behind the scenes to cultivate their special relationships with the West and Iran.
Defending Christian Arabs, an association close to the Syrian and Iraqi Ba'ath communities, has not been able to prosecute the Emir of Qatar and former Qatari PM in London for allegedly financing the Syrian Free Army to destabilise Bashar Al Assad.
Qatar has become crucial as the West races to find a solution to wean itself off Russia gas amid its rivalry with China. While the emirate is happy to align its interests with US and European groups for now, Beijing has not said its last word.
Still in its first year of existence, the cyber branch of France's gendarmerie has already caught the eye of the Doha officials as they finalise their last security partnerships ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Though he is still backing the national oil champion's bid for gas in Qatar, Italian prime minister Mario Draghi has taken steps to gain more independence from Russia, and from the oil and gas giant itself.
In a hurry to acquire anti-drone solutions in time for the World Cup in November, Qatar's interior ministry entrusted the process to the Al Fardan clan, which has selected US companies, already well-connected in Doha.
On the sidelines of the internal security and civil defence trade fair, Milipol Qatar, French defence companies cosied up to the movers and shakers framing the development of Qatar's domestic defence industry.
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