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In an effort to increase exports to Qatar, Italy’s flagship aircraft carrier Cavour recently stopped here to visit with key officials.
Journalists were invited this week to visit the Italian naval vessel, and were flown by helicopter to the ship, which showcased some Italian-made products and services.
During a press conference onboard the carrier, Italian ambassador to Qatar Guido De Sanctis and Rear Admiral Paolo Treu, Commander of the 30th Naval Group, discussed the importance of building a stronger relationship with Qatar.
Goods on display
Representatives from companies that produce fighter jets, helicopters, furniture, consumer goods and electronics, whose wares were showcased in the hangar, also discussed their capabilities.
Additionally, a representative of the Italian Red Cross and Red Crescent spoke about the vessel’s plans to hold 200 surgeries onboard as part of “Operation Smile,” which it plans to carry out as it visits some 18 countries over the next six months.
Gulf Times also quotes the Italian ambassador to Qatar Guido De Sanctis as saying the country hopes to help Qatar forces with their military training:
“We have a feeling that we can associate ourselves with Qatar in crisis areas when the international community decides to provide support to some regions. The training is specific in this kind of operation,” he said.