NATO marks fifteenth anniversary of Istanbul Cooperation Initiative in visit to Kuwait

  • 16 Dec. 2019 -
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  • Last updated: 17 Dec. 2019 13:09

The ambassadors of the North Atlantic Council met with Istanbul Cooperation Initiative partners Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in Kuwait City on Monday (16 December 2019), marking the fifteenth anniversary of the partnership forum. Oman, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council were also represented at the meeting.

Family portrait of the North Atlantic Council with the ICI Countries and the participation of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg highlighted the tailored training and practical support provided by NATO to all Gulf countries, and expressed appreciation for the support given by the Gulf partners to NATO-led operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He also welcomed that NATO and its Gulf partners cooperate closely within the Global Coalition to Defeat Da’esh. “I am proud of the cooperation that has taken place between our nations and I very much look forward to deepening our partnership in the future,” Mr. Stoltenberg said.

Read the Secretary General's remarks at the ICI Ceremony here.

Read the Secretary General's opening remarks at the NAC meeting here.

More information about the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme's support to NATO ICI Regional Center here.