Bahrain and NATO Discuss IPCP Partnership in Brussels

Last week a meeting was held between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member-states and the Kingdom of Bahrain in Brussels to discuss common interests and enhance defense and security cooperation between the countries to counter current regional security challenges. The meeting discussed the individual partnership and cooperation program (IPCP) between the Kingdom of Bahrain and NATO.

NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, James Appathurai, headed the NATO delegation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Affairs, Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, led the Kingdom of Bahrain’s group. The meeting reviewed the programs introduced by the committee of cooperation and partnership of IPCP with NATO for the years 2016 -2018.

The Undersecretary presented the IPCP between the Kingdom of Bahrain and NATO, which aims to promote the partnership between the two sides in a number of political, security and military domains. He pointed out that the IPCP will focus on three key areas, including political and diplomatic cooperation, exchange of experiences in defense and security, and cooperation to address arising civil and security threats.

Dr. Shaikh Abdullah expressed Bahrain’s commitment to expanding and deepening its relation with NATO in the framework of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, which the Kingdom joined in 2004. He commended the significant role played by NATO in keeping international peace and security; he also underlined the cooperation between the Kingdom and NATO in the fight against terrorism, piracy and disaster management. He stressed that Bahrain’s accession to the individual partnership and cooperation program (IPCP) will enhance dialogue and set effective and efficient mechanisms of mutual cooperation.

NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative was launched at the Alliance’s Summit in Turkey in June 2004 to affirm the strategic partnership between a number of GCC States and NATO for cooperation and coordination to counter 21st century security threats. It aims to contribute to strengthening bilateral security cooperation between NATO and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative member-states with respect to security issues that concern the region.

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