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Thu 28 Jan 2016 09:05 AM

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Qatar eyes Italian investments

Finmeccanica is among the companies targeted during visit by Emir

Qatar eyes Italian investments
Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Al Thani. (Getty Images)

Finmeccanica SpA is among Italian companies seeking to sign agreements during a visit to Rome this week by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Al Thani, according to four people familiar with the matter who could not be identified because discussions are confidential.

Al Thani arrives in Rome on Wednesday and to meet President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The people said companies holding discussions with Qatar authorities and hoping to sign accords include Fincantieri SpA, in talks for Qatar to commission several warships, and Salini Impregilo. Spokespeople for Finmeccanica, Fincantieri and Salini declined to comment.

Two of the people familiar with the discussions said state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA was also in talks for a signing which may see Qatar become involved in the body’s “mid- cap growth fund.” A spokesman for Cassa Depositi declined to comment.

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