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Paris — France is hoping to strike deals to sell 12 Rafale fighter jets and armoured vehicles to Qatar when President Emmanuel Macron visits the country in December, the French defence minister said on Thursday.

"We’ve been negotiating for months," Florence Parly told BFM TV.

"We’ve also been negotiating for months about the sale of a large number of armoured vehicles and we hope it will be concluded when the president goes to Qatar at the beginning of December," she said.

Qatar has been strengthening its military since its ties with other Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, have deteriorated.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that President Jacob Zuma had discussed the sale of a controlling stake in embattled South African arms maker Denel to the isolated Gulf country.


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