NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

01 Mar. 2012

Secretary General and Qatari Prime Minister discuss Partnership

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani at NATO Headquarters on 1 March 2012 and thanked him for the key role played by Qatar in NATO’s mission to protect the Libyan people in 2011. The Secretary General also thanked Qatar for the good practical cooperation with the Alliance and praised the active political dialogue between NATO and Qatar.

“Qatar is an important country and an important partner for NATO, ever since you joined our Istanbul Cooperation Initiative”, the Secretary General said. “And we look forward to an even stronger partnership in the future”.

Looking at the Chicago Summit planned for May of this year, the Secretary General said that Allies are keen to hear the views of partners in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative on how to enhance the partnership with NATO.

“In this time of great changes, it’s important to know you can count on your friends and partners”, the Secretary General said.  “And we are determined to strengthen our partnership further. Because NATO has a vital interest in stability and regional security in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region”.

The Secretary General highlighted that the Alliance will work to make partnerships even more effective and even more productive and that Allies will pursue discussions with partners on how best to do it.

Last updated: 01-Mar-2012 18:39

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Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomes the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani at NATO headquarters. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomes the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani at NATO headquarters. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) shakes hands with the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani (left). 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani during (left) the bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 The Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani (centre) during the bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 Bilateral meeting between NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (centre) and the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani (left) after their bilateral meeting. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) shakes hands with the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani (left). 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) shakes hands with the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani (left). 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 Left to right: the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani; Nicola de Santis, Head, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, Countries Section in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 
Visit to NATO by the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar 01. Mar. 2012 Left to right: the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani; Nicola de Santis, Head, Mediterranean Dialogue and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, Countries Section in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.