Qatar conference discusses NATO cooperation with Broader
A high-level conference in Doha
on 1 December brought together top NATO officials, civil
society representatives and officials from the six Gulf
States party to the Alliance’s Istanbul Cooperation
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.
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 Quatar. 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.