|Updated: 22-Jan-2007||NATO Update|
Qatar conference discusses NATO cooperation with Broader Middle East
A high-level conference in Doha on 1 December brought together NATO officials, civil society representatives and officials from the six Gulf States party to the Alliance’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
The Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the Crown Prince and Heir Apparent of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Foreign Minister and First Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, His Highness Sheik Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabr Al-Thani, opened the conference on NATO and Gulf Security, co-sponsored by the Government of Qatar, the NATO's Public Diplomacy Division and the RAND Corporation.
Exploring avenues for cooperation
The discussions focused on security developments in the Gulf region and the way forward for NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative with countries in the broader Middle East region.
Other distinguished speakers included: the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council , Abdurrahman bin Hamad Al Al-Attiyah, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Jean Fournet, the Assistant Foreign Minister of Qatar , Mohammed Abdullah Al-Rumaini, former NATO Supreme Allied Commader Europe General Wesley K. Clark.
This was the first visit by a Secretary General of NATO to Qatar. In addtion to the conference, Mr. De Hoop Scheffer met for talks with the Heir Apparent, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as the Chief Head of Defence, Lt-Gen Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiah.