cooperation ensures regional peace, stability
CITY, Dec. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Qatari Assistant Foreign
Minister Mohammed Al-Rumaihi said on Thursday that
cooperation between NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
would ensure peace and stability in the Gulf region, the
Qatar News Agency reported.
Addressing the one-day forum on NATO's Role in Gulf
Security held in Doha, Qatar, Al-Rumaihi said that there has
been a NATO-Gulf agreement concerning the new security
challenges faced by all states in the region.
These challenges include terrorism, weapons of mass
destruction, border security as well as narcotics and human
trafficking, he added.
stressed the importance of implementing partnership and
pragmatic cooperation to overcome these great challenges.
GCC Secretary General Abdulrahman Al-Attiya said "we do not
want our region to be sandwiched with (nuclear) weapons," in
an indication to Israel's nuclear facilities and Iran's
The NATO-Gulf forum co-organized by NATO and GCC dealt
with two key themes, namely new dimensions for Gulf security
and GCC cooperation with NATO.
NATO secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer took part
in the conference together with representatives of GCC
defense ministers, chiefs of staff of GCC armed forces.
comprises six Arab oil producing countries, namely Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and United Arab