The State of Qatar and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) signed an agreement on administrative arrangements to protect classified information between the two sides at NATO's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
President of the International Military Cooperation Authority Brigadier General Abdulaziz Saleh Al Sulaiti and Director of NATO Office of Security and Deputy Assistant of NATO's Secretary-General of Security Donald Gonneville signed the agreement in the presence of HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Qatari Military Attache to Belgium and NATO Brigadier General Abdul Hadi bin Mubarak Al Hajri, and representatives of the armed forces and the ministries.
The administrative arrangements for the protection of classified information are the latest steps to operationalize and implement the classified information security agreement signed in Brussels in 2018, which provides a framework for the protection of information exchange, as defined by the NATO Council of all 29 member countries.
These agreements are signed by NATO partner countries that wish to strengthen cooperation with the Organization. All NATO partner countries have signed bilateral security agreements.
This agreement enables the activation of all the provisions of the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Program, which is the main framework for laying the foundations of cooperation for countries seeking partnership with the Alliance through international initiatives such as the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative signed by Qatar in 2004.