Ministers meet Gulf counterparts

BRUSSELS – NATO and the Gulf countries need to tackle terrorism and sea piracy, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday as NATO foreign ministers met Gulf counterparts for the first time.

“We need to protect our sea lanes, energy supply routes, and cyber-networks,” Rasmussen said in the Brussels meeting.

NATO foreign ministers are meeting counterparts from Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to discuss how to continue their existing partnership in the framework of NATO's Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, which was launched 10 years ago.

The Istanbul Initiative aims to contribute to long-term global and regional security by offering countries of the broader Middle East region practical bilateral security cooperation with NATO.

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