Isolated by neighbors, Qatar looks to join NATO

June 6, 2018

The Times of Israel:

DOHA, Qatar — Qatar’s defense minister said on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” is to join the Western military defense alliance NATO. Speaking on the anniversary of a year-long bitter Gulf diplomatic dispute, which has seen Qatar separated from its former regional allies, Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of the 29-country alliance.

“Qatar today has become one of the most important countries in the region in terms of the quality of armament,” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defense ministry, Altalaya. “Regarding the membership, we are a main ally from outside NATO. The ambition is full membership if our partnership with NATO develops and our vision is clear.”

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