NATO seeks nearer ties with Gulf, opens new middle


KUWAIT CITY: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday referred to as for enhancing safety cooperation with the Gulf states because the Western navy alliance opened its first workplace within the area.
“Will probably be an important hub for cooperation between the alliance and our Gulf companions,” Stoltenberg stated on the inauguration of the middle in Kuwait within the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Sabah.
The middle relies on the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), which was launched by the NATO leaders in 2004 and goals to spice up safety hyperlinks with the Center East, specifically Gulf Arab states.
Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are members of ICI whereas the remaining two Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states — Saudi Arabia and Oman — plan to affix.
Kuwaiti Overseas Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah stated the area is dealing with severe challenges that require cooperation with worldwide organizations.
“We face widespread safety threats like terrorism, weapons proliferation, and cybertattacks. And we share the identical aspirations for peace and for stability,” Stoltenberg stated.
“So it’s important that we work extra intently collectively than ever earlier than. Now we have now developed particular person cooperation packages with all our Gulf companions,” he stated.
Stoltenberg stated that over the previous 12 months, NATO has educated tons of of Iraqi officers in Jordan to higher struggle the Islamic State jihadist group.
“We at the moment are extending our coaching and capacity-building efforts into Iraq itself,” he stated.
NATO continues to struggle terrorism in different methods, together with with direct assist to the anti-IS coalition, he stated.
The middle will strengthen the military-to-military cooperation and the struggle in opposition to terrorism and extremism, Stoltenberg stated.
The middle will assist the Gulf states by offering superior coaching programs on cyber safety, power safety, chemical, organic and nuclear weapons.