(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) signed an agreement to open Qatar's mission offices and military representation at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, in implementation of the arrangements of the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP).
On behalf of the Qatari side, the head of Qatar's missions to the European Union and the NATO Abdulrahman bin Mohammed al-Khulaifi signed the agreement.
On behalf of the NATO, Financial Controller of the NATO International Staff Miroslawa Boryczka and Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Headquarters Support and Transformation of NATO, Martin Versnel signed the agreement.
The signing ceremony was attended by Military Representative and Assistant Military Attache to Belgium Brigadier General Ali Abdulaziz al-Mohannadi, diplomats from the embassy of Qatar in Brussels, and officials from the NATO.
The opening of Qatar's mission offices in the NATO headquarters represents a distinguished step in the long journey of distinct relations between the two parties, which included political and practical cooperation and reached the level of partnership between Qatar and the NATO.
The Qatari mission offices will continue to support these relations with the organisation and its member states, as this continuation will facilitate the process of direct communication as well as enhance bilateral and multilateral meetings and strengthen Qatar's presence inside the organisation and its participation in military and civilian activities.
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