Qatari Forces To Help Secure Paris Olympics


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Paris: Qatar and France have signed a number of agreements to enhance security cooperation, on the sidelines of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's visit to France.

In this context, the two countries signed an administrative agreement on security cooperation within the framework of securing the Summer Olympic Games (Paris 2024) to be held from July 26 to August 11, 2024.

The agreement was signed by Minister of Interior and Commander of the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) H E Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and French Minister of Interior and Overseas Territories H E Gerald Darmanin.

Under this agreement, Qatari security forces will participate in the security coverage of the Paris Olympics, with officers participating in foot patrols, the national operational centre, mounted patrols, drones, explosive ordnance disposal, cyber security analysts, explosive detection dogs, counter-terrorism, and riot control. The Qatari security forces will also take part in managing civil security for international sports events, providing means for vehicle inspection, medical evacuation, search and rescue operations.

In this regard, a Qatari team visited Paris to inspect logistical arrangements, work sites, tasks, and other arrangements. The Minister of Interior and Commander of the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) and the French Minister of Interior and Overseas Territories also signed a work plan between the two Interior Ministries regarding bilateral cooperation between 2024 to 2027. Also, a letter of intent was signed between the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) and the French National Gendarmerie Forces to enhance security cooperation. The letter of intent was signed for the Qatari side by Staff Col. Nawaf Majid Al Ali, Assistant Commander of the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) for Security Operations and Training, and for the French side by Gen. Christian Rodriguez, Commander-in-Chief of the French National Gendarmerie Forces.

The Minister of Interior and Commander of Lekhwiya and the French Minister of Interior and Overseas Territories also held a meeting during which they discussed cooperation and relations between the two countries in the security fields and means of supporting and developing them, in addition to several topics of mutual interest.

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