NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council Discuss Middle East Security

BELGIUM–(ENEWSPF)–30 January 2012.  Today, the NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr Adbullatif Al-Zayani met to discuss a range of issues including developments in the Middle East, the importance of cooperative security and of regular contacts between NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

During the meeting, Mr Rasmussen praised the strong cooperation between NATO and GCC member states under the framework of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.    He highlighted the  active and  positive role played by the GCC in the recent crisis in Libya. NATO and Partners, including GCC members, enforced the historic resolution of the United Nations Security Council on Libya and saved countless lives.  

Looking ahead, the NATO Secretary General noted that the upcoming Chicago Summit will provide an opportunity for NATO to underline its interest in stability and security in the Middle East and North Africa and to enhance political relations and practical cooperation with countries in the region. 

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