M. Macron also announced that a French rail consortium will build and operate the new metro in Qatar's capital, Doha. The GCC members closed their airspace and seaports to Qatar, as well as the small peninsular nation's sole land border with Saudi Arabia. The Qatari foreign minister said on July 31 that the crisis should be solved through diplomacy without touching Qatar's sovereignty and made it clear that Qatar will not accept any demands that are not in line with global law.
Qatar also bought 12 additional Dassault Rafale fighters bringing the total number of aircraft to 36.
The deal was among many contracts signed between the two countries during the state visit to Qatar of French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday.
In a rare press conference, Qatar's ruling emir expressed his regret for the boycott and said it was especially disheartening that the crisis erupted during the holy month of Ramadan in June.
It was also announced that the two sides were negotiating over the purchase of 300 VBCI armored vehicles from French firm Nexter and a contract worth some 3 billion euros (3.54 billion USA dollars) over the management of the Doha metro for 20 years.