Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI)

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Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI)

Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI)

NATO's Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, launched at the Alliance's Summit in the Turkish city in June 2004, aims to contribute to long-term global and regional security by offering countries of the broader Middle East region practical bilateral security cooperation with NATO.

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North Atlantic Council and Gulf partners discuss greater cooperation to deal with security challenges

North Atlantic Council and Gulf partners discuss greater cooperation to deal with security challenges

11 Dec. 2014

The 28 members of the North Atlantic Council and its partners of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative discussed common security challenges and ways for closer cooperation to deal with them during a conference on Thursday (11 December 2014) in Doha, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of this partnership.

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NATO Secretary General hails Gulf partnerships in Qatar

NATO Secretary General hails Gulf partnerships in Qatar

11 Dec. 2014

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for deeper political and practical cooperation with Gulf partners in a visit to Doha, Qatar on Thursday (11 December 2014). The Secretary General and ambassadors of NATO’s 28 nations were joined by the 4 partners of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates) at a seminar to mark the tenth anniversary of this partnership.

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Deputy Secretary General calls for closer cooperation with Gulf partners

Deputy Secretary General calls for closer cooperation with Gulf partners

19 Oct. 2014

NATO Deputy Secretary General, Alexander Vershbow, spoke in favour of deepening NATO’s partnership with countries in the Gulf to ensure that “we will be even better able to respond to future security challenges”, during a speech on Sunday (19 October) at the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate. Ambassador Vershbow said that NATO and regional partners of the Gulf should intensify political dialogue and practical cooperation; work together to strengthen maritime security and further strengthen the ability of their military forces to work together. During his speech, the Deputy Secretary General also addressed the risk the terrorist organization ISIL poses to the Middle East and beyond, including to NATO and EU member states, by saying that “dealing with this threat requires a broad, multinational effort covering a range of different measures”.

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NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue & Istanbul Cooperation Initiative - Questions & Answers

What is the difference between NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative?

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