Bahrain to host NATO 5th Istanbul Cooperation Initiative Policy Advisory Group Meeting

Manama, May 8 (BNA): The Kingdom of Bahrain will host today, Wednesday, the fifth meeting of the Policy Advisory Group of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

120 senior officials, ambassadors, and representatives of ICI member states from the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, the State of Kuwait, the State of Qatar, and NATO members, in addition to observer representatives from the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman and the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries will attend the meeting.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs, Dr. Shaikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, affirmed Bahrain’s welcome to the delegations of brotherly and friendly countries participating in this meeting, which is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. With the participation of the Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, Javier Colomina, and a number of senior officials and diplomats, within the framework of their common desire to enhance cooperation and coordination regarding regional and international political and security challenges.

The meeting, which will be held on May 10 and 11, at the Gulf Hotel in Manama, will feature several sessions on the current regional political security landscape, and prospects for cooperation and partnership with NATO 19 years after the establishment of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative. As separate sessions on the regional approach to security and defense, maritime security issues, energy security and climate change, cybersecurity, combating terrorism, and the role of women in achieving security and peace, in addition to a symposium presented by the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (studies), diplomatic consultations, and other intellectual and cultural events.

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