KUWAIT, Nov 4 (KUNA) -- Vessels of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
(NATO) are in Kuwait's Shuwaikh Port Tuesday, part of the Istanbul Cooperation
Initiative, and are to start a first of its kind training mission which lasts
for six days.
The vessels were greeted upon arrival by the NATO southern command chief,
who is on a several-day visit to the country, during which he is to meet a
host of military officials.
The ships are to engage in drills and activities alongside forces from
signatories of the Istanbul initiative; Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE.
Kuwait was the first state to sign the initiative in 2004 and had since
actively took part in motivating cooperation between the NATO and states
interested in regional security. The state also hosted several NATO and
The initiative aims to provide the Middle East countries with mechanisms
for practical security cooperation with NATO to help maintain regional and
international security on the long run.(end)
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