NATO Secretary General hails Gulf partnerships in Qatar

  • 11 Dec. 2014 -
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  • Last updated: 11 Dec. 2014 09:15

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.

“NATO’s relations with its Gulf partners have grown deeper and stronger,” the Secretary General said. “The more we cooperate, the safer we will be.”

The North Atlantic Council – Istanbul Cooperation Initiative seminar is being held not only to celebrate ten years of partnership, but also for a discussion of shared security challenges (including terrorism and extremism, maritime security, and cyber security) and possible ways to address them together. Ambassadors will take stock of the partnership to date, and consider the road ahead.

Thursday’s conference followed the North Atlantic Council’s visit to Amman, Jordan earlier in the week, where the Secretary General and ambassadors marked the twentieth anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue partnership.