Kuwait Army Chief Attends NATO Conference in Doha

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)12.12.2014 Qatar
Kuwait Army Chief Attends NATO Conference in Doha

Kuwait Army Chief Attends NATO Conference in Doha

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Kuwait's Army Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Mohammad Khaled Al-Khedhr (photo) arrived in Doha on Wednesday to participate in an international conference marking the 10th anniversary of NATO's Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), Kuwait News Agency (KNA) reported.

Al-Khedhr was received by Kuwait Ambassador to Qatar Met'eb Al-Mutotah, Qatari Army Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Ghanem bin Shaheen Al-Ghanem, and senior officials in Kuwait Embassy.

Meanwhile, 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.

The North Atlantic Council – Istanbul Cooperation Initiative seminar is 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.

This international event brings together NATO Secretary General, the 28 Permanent Representatives to the North Atlantic Council, high level NATO officials and government representatives, academics and senior scholars from the Gulf region.

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 20th anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue partnership.

NATO, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949.

The organization constitutes a system of collective defense whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.

NATO's headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium, one of the 28 member states across North America and Europe, the newest of which, Albania and Croatia, joined in April 2009.

Source: KUNA; NATO – Photo Archive: KUNA



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