NATO says security of Gulf partners of strategic importance

NATO-ICI Ambassadorial Conference in Qatar, February 15, 2011

From KUNA:  Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar Madani visited the NATO headquarters in Brussels Monday and met with Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

A NATO statement said discussions centered on the political dialogue and practical cooperation activities, which exist in the context of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI).

"Saudi Arabia is a key player in the region and NATO would welcome the opportunity to engage the Kingdom’s government as a partner in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, ICI," said Rasmussen.

"ICI and the other partnership with countries in the region the Mediterranean Dialogue, are complementary and yet distinct NATO partnership frameworks," he noted.

"For NATO, the security of its partners in the Gulf is a key strategic interest to the Alliance," he stressed.  (photo: NATO)

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