Qatar’s Ministry of Defense announced that an agreement had been signed with Russia on the field of military education. According to the agreement, Qatar’s military personnel will be accepted by the Russian military educational institutions to receive training.
Stating that the agreement aims to improve bilateral relations between Doha and Moscow, the statement issued by the Qatari Defense Ministry indicated, “A brief was presented about the military educational institutions in Russia, the military education system, the academic degrees of graduates of these institutions, and the duration of study for each category.”
The signing ceremony was held by the participation of Qatar’s Head of International Military Cooperation Authority Brigadier General Abdulaziz Saleh Al Sulaiti and the Chief of the Main Personnel Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General Viktor Goremykin. The two officials inked the agreement on behalf of their respective countries.
The agreement came as part of the latest efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between Qatar and Russia. Establishing diplomatic ties in 1988, Qatar and Russia have signed many agreements to improve relations in various fields, including politics, trade, culture, and economy. In 2017, Doha and Moscow signed a technical cooperation agreement on air defense and military supplies.
Apart from the above, Qatar has investments in Russia in several fields, in which the total capital spent reaches around $13 billion. In early June, Qatar participated the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2021) as a guest nation, with a large-scale delegation including more than 50 private and public sector entities.
The trade volume between the two countries also reached $297 million in 2020, marking a 47% growth from the previous year.