NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday 7 March 2018.
The two leaders discussed the security situation in the Gulf region and the partnership between NATO and Qatar, NATO’s website stated.
Furthermore, NATO and Qatar signed an agreement allowing NATO forces and personnel to enter and transit Qatar, and to use the Al-Udeid Air Base. This will facilitate NATO missions and operations in the region, including the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
The Secretary General welcomed this agreement, as well as the strong political dialogue between Qatar and the Alliance. NATO and Qatari forces have operated side-by-side in Libya and jointly tackled piracy challenges off the coast of Somalia.
Qatar is one of four countries - along with Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates - participating in NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI). Launched in 2004, ICI seeks to promote political consultation and practical cooperation between NATO and countries in the Gulf region.