Israel Absent, Iraq Attends Qatar Defense Show

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel was absent for the first time as an exhibition of military and police equipment that Qatar hosts every two years opened on Monday, but Iraq's interior minister took part. 

More than 200 firms from 30 countries are taking part in the Milipol exhibition, the official news agency QNA said. 

Israeli companies specializing in aeronautics and electronics took part in the last two Milipol shows. 

But they have stayed away this time, following Qatar's closure on November 9 of an Israeli trade office in Doha. The closure came on the eve of an Islamic summit in the Qatari capital that called for a break in ties with the Jewish state. 

Iraqi Interior Minister Mohammad Zamam Abdul Razzak, who was at the opening, said he wanted to look into the latest technological advances in civilian defense and security during the four-day show -- DOHA (AFP)  




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