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NYPD exchanges expertise with Qatar police prior to 2022 World Cup-Doha News

Doha has continued discussions with its allies in finalizing the security plan for the long-awaited sporting event.

Members of the Qatar Police Department are New York Police Department [NYPD] On Tuesday, the US Transportation Department team will exchange expertise in safety and security best practices during major events.

“Thanks to Lieutenant Colonel Nacelle Sard al-Kwari and his team for visiting and sharing their insights,” the NYPD Transit Chief tweeted. Kathleen O’Reilly..

Details on which specific security protocol was discussed and shared between the two sides are not disclosed, but the conference is in the midst of Qatar’s preparations for a major sporting event to take place later this year. ..

Gulf countries are discussing World Cup security and security issues with allies such as France, the United Kingdom and Turkey.

of December, Qatar Defense Ministry Executive Committee officials for the 2022 World Cup met with British Army Minister James Heapy in Doha. During the meeting, defense officials discussed Britain’s role in helping secure the World Cup in Qatar.

“The UK and Qatar recently also cooperated in a’Watan’exercise to test the preparations for the World Cup 2022,” said a spokesman for the British Embassy. Doha News December 14th.

In addition, French troops confirmed that they would send personnel and materials to Qatar in accordance with the agreement signed between the two countries. This includes deploying a BASSALT anti-drone system to help detect and identify incoming drones.

France said It also sends one of the Air Force’s four E-3F airborne early warning and control systems. [AWACS], Can track hundreds of targets.

Meanwhile, Turkey has confirmed that it will send about 3,000 members of the riot police to Qatar for the World Cup. This is in addition to more than 40 security advisors and a search dog that Ankara will send to assist Doha.

US Parliament Supporting Security Cooperation with Qatar

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The latest conference in New York will take place as defense relations between Qatar and the United States grow.

last week, US Congress Issued a statement calling on lawmakers to include Qatar in the National Defense Authorization Act [NDAA] Fiscal Year 2022 reflects the strategic importance of the role of Gulf countries in the Middle East.

“It is important to note that the United States and the countries of Qatar have built strong, lasting and positive strategic partnerships based on years of mutually beneficial cooperation,” said a US lawmaker’s statement.

Following the collapse of the previous Kabul government, Qatar immediately promoted the evacuation of Afghanistan and foreigners in what is said to be the largest airlift in history.

Since then, Doha has evacuated 70,000 people from Afghanistan.

“Including Qatar in the 2022 NDAA is like the logical result of this year’s development and event that proved to Americans that Qatar is a trusted partner,” said an assistant professor at the Faculty of Security. One Dr. Andreas Krieg told King’s College London and researchers in Middle East and North African studies last week to Doha News.

In addition to the latest cooperation, Qatar hosts Al Udeid Air Base, the largest US military base in the Middle East, which is widely used by the United States for operations in the region.

The allies also signed an agreement during the latest strategic dialogue to represent Washington’s interest in Afghanistan in light of Doha’s closure of the embassy by the United States following the acquisition of the Taliban in August last year. Made possible.

However, despite the latest statement from the US Congress, there is no up-to-date information on the delay in approving Qatar’s request to purchase four MQ-9b Predator drones from Washington.

Earlier reports have shown that the Pentagon is encouraging the sale of more than $ 500 million in drones to Qatar, despite being late for the State Department’s termination.

The Pentagon supports the sale, but US State Department Similar applications from other allies, including the United Arab Emirates, are lit green, but have not yet approved the request.

State Department officials said they were wary of the sale because it could offend other Gulf allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatari officials previously told The Wall Street Journal [WSJ] They want to use drones to monitor huge natural gas facilities and monitor the threat of terrorism in the region.

Doha hosted the FIFA World Cup next year because of the country’s demand for drones, which authorities believe the mega-event needs protection from potential attacks.

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