Qatari Minister of State for Defense, Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, recently met British Secretary of State Defense, Michael Fallon, in London to discuss a potential deal to purchase Eurofighter Typhoon jets and establishing a British military base in Qatar.
The senior Qatari politician also conferred with Nicholas Houghton, Chief of the Defense Staff, Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, General Gordon Messenger, Deputy Chief of Defense Staff (Military Strategy & Operations), and Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defense Procurement.
The talks came months after Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Thani signed on a joint defense agreement with the United Kingdom.
The arms race currently taking place among some GCC countries, namely Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, is widely attributed to a covert and clandestine competition among these states to achieve military superiority in the region, with their rival, Iran, just across the bay.
Qatar hosts the headquarters of the United States Central Command in The Middle-East and the Horn of Africa.