Reuters – 13 December, 2006

Kuwait signed an agreement to share certain types of classified intelligence
with Nato yesterday, the first such accord between the Western military
organisation and a Gulf state.

Nato already has similar pacts with partners in eastern Europe and Middle
East states and is looking to extend them to the Gulf, which it sees as a
strategically key region in the fight against terrorism.

“This is a security pact to maintain confidentiality in the exchange of
information between Nato and Kuwait,” Shaikh Thamer Ali Al Sabah, acting
director of pro-Western Kuwait’s National Security Agency, told reporters.

“It’s basically for exchange of security information and maintaining its
confidentiality,” he said. The pact gives Kuwait access to classified Nato
information on security, defence and counterterrorism, he added.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of a conference of Gulf Arab
states and Nato.

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