NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

18 Jun. 2012

Saudi Minister visits NATO HQ

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H.E. Dr. Nizar Madani visited NATO today and met with the Secretary General, H.E. Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Discussions centred on the political dialogue and practical cooperation activities, which exist in the context of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI). "Saudi Arabia is a key player in the region and NATO would welcome the opportunity to engage the Kingdom's governement as a partner in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, ICI ", said the Secretary General. "ICI and the other partnership with countries in the region the Mediterranean Dialogue, are complementary and yet distinct NATO partnership frameworks". The predominantly bilateral nature of the ICI allows NATO to tailor cooperation to the specific security needs of its partners and to hold regular political consultations with them. For NATO, the security of its partners in the Gulf is a key strategic interest to the Alliance.

Secretary General Rasmussen started by extending NATO's condolences to the Minister of State for the recent death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al Saud : "Prince Nayef was a strong statesman who served his country with dedication and commitment, working to keep the Kingdom’s national security for many years. Prince Nayef will be remembered around the world for his steadfast contribution to international peace and security, particularly in the fight against terrorism", he said.

During his visit, Dr. Madani also had meetings with the Deputy Secretary General, NATO Permanent Representatives and Alliance officials, who provided him with an overview of NATO's outreach and cooperation programmes with partner countried in the Mediterranean and in the Gulf region.

This latest visit follows the one by His Royal Highness Prince Turki Mohammed Saud Al-Kabeer, vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, in April 2009.

Last updated: 18-Jun-2012 15:19

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Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 Left to right: H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani (Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) shaking hands with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 High-level Saudi Delegation visiting NATO HQ for briefings and discussions 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 Mr Nicola de Santis, Head Mediterranean Dialogue and ICI Countries Section, Political Affairs and Security Policy (PASP) Division, NATO HQ 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Dr Nizar Madani during the Q&A period following the briefing 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Belgium, HE Faisal H. Trad, during the Q&A period following the briefing 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 Panel discussion with Permanent Representatives of the Netherlands and Portugal on the North Atlantic Council 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 HE Ambassador Joao Mira Gomes, Permanent Representative of Portugal on the North Atlantic Council 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 HE Ambassador Frank Majoor, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands on the North Atlantic Council 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 HE Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, NATO Deputy Secretary General hosting a lunch in honour of the Saudi Delegation 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 HE Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, NATO Deputy Secretary General hosting a lunch in honour of the Saudi Delegation 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 Mr Nicholas Williams, Head of Operations Section B in NATO's Operations Division 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 Mr Michel Soula, Head of Operations Section A in NATO's Operation Division 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee greeting the Saudi delegation. Saudi Ambassador Faisal Trad in the background 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 General Knud Bartels, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee briefing the Saudi Delegation 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 Mr James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani 18. Jun. 2012 Mr James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani Major General Suleiman Al-Khalifa and Ambassador Mohammed Al Akil leading the delegation on the 2nd day of the visit 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani Ambassador Jacek Bylica, Head of the WMD Non-Proliferation Centre, NATO HQ 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani Lieutenant General Patrick Auroy, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani Major General Suleiman Al-Khalifa, Chief of Armed Forces Operations, Ministry of Defence of Saudi Arabia 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani Mr Frank Boland, Director of Force Planning, Defence Policy Planning Division, NATO HQ 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Planning Directorate, Operations Division 
Visit to NATO by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E Nizar bin Obaid Madani Admiral Emil Eftimov, Deputy Director, Cooperation and Regional Security Division, NATO International Military Staff 

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