Qatar in talks with Germany to buy 200 Leopard tanks

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Leopard-2 tanks, Germany’s main battle tank. Photo – Inetres.com

A German media report said on Sunday Qatar is considering buying up to 200 tanks at a cost of around two billion euros ($2.46 billion).

According to a report due to be published in Monday’s Der Spiegel magazine, Chancellor Angela Merkel is supporting the deal which will see the tiny gas-rich Gulf nation purchasing German Leopard-2 tanks. It added that a delegation from defence firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann had already travelled to Qatar to discuss the possible deal.

Other media reports suggested last month that Saudi Arabia expressed interest in buying between 600 and 800 Leopard-2 tanks, Germany’s main battle tank, for up to €10 billion.

The German chancellor has come under fierce criticism over the deal from opposition politicians and even members of her own ruling center-right coalition in the wake of Arab democratic uprisings.

Spiegel said both Merkel’s office and the economy ministry were in favour of the deal with Doha.

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