Al Jazeera: Qatar agrees to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain/Britain doesn’t have to choose between trade and aid

Cristiana Petrariu Bota
By Cristiana Petrariu Bota septembrie 18, 2017 10:29

Al Jazeera: Qatar agrees to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain/Britain doesn’t have to choose between trade and aid

PRESS REVIEW AL JAZEERA – Qatar agrees to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain; Post-Brexit Britain can become a great global trading nation without giving up on international aid; London opens official inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire.

Qatar agrees to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain

Doha signs agreement to purchase two dozen Typhoon aircraft in second major arms purchase since Gulf crisis began. Qatar has signed an agreement to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain, the second major defence deal signed by Doha during its lengthy diplomatic dispute with its Gulf neighbours.

Qatar’s defence chief Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart Michael Fallon signed a „statement of intent” for the UK to sell the planes, according to statements released by London and on social media.

„This will be the first major defence contract with Qatar, one of the UK’s strategic partners,” Fallon said. The Eurofighter Typhoon is a joint project between British defence group BAE Systems, France’s Airbus, and Italy’s Finmeccanica.

Britain doesn’t have to choose between trade and aid

Post-Brexit Britain can become a great global trading nation without giving up on international aid. On March 5th, 1946, Winston Churchill gave a speech in Fulton, Missouri. It was to be remembered as his famous „Iron Curtain” speech – and in it Churchill sought to define a new global role for the UK and US in opposing Soviet Russia.

Many see this speech as marking the start of the Cold War, but it was also a clear rallying call for the UK to remain engaged on the world stage, whilst looking to redefine Britain’s identity after the second world war at a time of declining colonial powers.

Fast forward 70 years and we are at a similar crossroads. We are not picking up the pieces of a world war, nor opposing the Soviet Union, but post-Brexit, the UK is facing an identity crisis and great global challenges of security, peace and economic development. At a time of extraordinary change, our nation must once again identify a place for itself in the world.

London opens official inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire

An official inquiry has opened into the Grenfell tower fire in the British capital, London, which killed at least 80 people in June.

Many of the tower’s residents were from low-income backgrounds, leading to criticism that government negligence was responsible for the disaster.

Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Phillips reports from London.

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