France agrees on 'strategic' pact with Qatar
Qatar and France signed a deal Monday (February 11th) to co-operate on security and economic matters, AFP reported.
Qatar's top diplomat Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Doha to sign the "strategic dialogue" agreement.
The deal marked a "new phase" for the two countries, Al-Thani said during a press conference.
"This platform will include co-operation in different areas between the two countries, including defence security, regional security as well as energy, economy and culture," he added.
Le Drian said the agreement "obliges" Paris and Doha to have regular meetings.
Qatar last week took delivery of the first of 36 French-built Rafale fighter jets.