The Gulf state held various talks with its international partners to secure the World Cup, which will be held in the Middle East for the first time.
Qatar and Morocco have signed an important declaration to strengthen bilateral security cooperation during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, beIN Sports reported on Sunday.
Under the joint agreement, the two countries would ensure the safety of World Cup spectators, with at least 1.5 million fans expected to travel to Qatar for the event.
The latest development came after reports in May said Morocco had agreed to send a team of cybersecurity experts to Qatar ahead of the big sporting event.
According to Moroccan media, Doha had asked Rabat for support in securing the major sporting event in order to expand security cooperation between the two countries.
The head of Morocco’s Directorate General for National Security and Territorial Surveillance (DGSN-DGST), Abdellatif Hammouchi, was also in Doha in May.
During his trip to the Gulf state, the Moroccan official also visited the Lusail Stadium, where the last World Cup match is scheduled to take place in 2022.
Hammouchi toured the stadium’s security operations room and command post, where cybersecurity-related matters are expected to be housed.
Beyond Morocco, Qatar has held various talks with its international partners to secure the World Cup, the first to be held in the Middle East.
In July, Turkey announced plans to deploy chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN) personnel during the event. The Turkish Armed Forces have been performing CBRN duties since 1930.
In December last year, Turkey announced plans to send around 3,000 members of its riot police units to Qatar for the World Cup.
Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told the press that the number of officers could be increased, with a general coordinator of Turkey’s law enforcement agencies, more than 40 security advisers and search dogs to be deployed to Qatar.
Also in July, South Korean reports said the Asian nation’s army would send five counter-terrorism police officers to Qatar to exchange security expertise.
This is the first time South Korea’s military police have deployed personnel overseas.
In Europe, France last December agreed to send personnel and materiel to the Gulf state, including a BASSALT anti-drone system that detects and identifies approaching drones.
France also said it will send one of its air force’s four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), capable of tracking hundreds of targets.
Meanwhile, Qatar and Italy signed a defense cooperation agreement in preparation for the World Cup last month.
In August, Qatar inaugurated the Qatari Typhoon aircraft at Warton Air Force Base in the UK, as part of wider efforts to secure the sporting event.
Last year, defense officials from Qatar and Britain discussed joint security for the World Cup, with the allies taking part in the “Watan” exercise to test preparation for the tournament.
Bilateral defense relations were discussed further in May during the visit of Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the UK.
Soon after, London announced it would provide air policing during the much-anticipated World Cup in Qatar – the first time Britain has provided this level of security for a World Cup outside the UK.
Joint Typhoon Squadron, also known as 12 Squadron, is Britain’s first joint squadron since World War II and will be responsible for counter-terrorism operations.
The UK-based Typhoon Squadron is headquartered at Royal Air Force Coningsby in Lincolnshire and has regularly trained in Qatar since its inception as a combined squadron in July 2018.
In the United States, in January, members of the Qatari Police Force met with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Transit Bureau team to share expertise on best practices in security and security at major events.
Recently, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed agreements with Qatar for World Cup security.
The DHS would help “identify airline passengers linked to terrorism and human trafficking, track travelers on the watch list and monitor potential security risks at Hamad International Airport,” they said in a joint statement.