Doha - Qatar and France signed on Thursday a World Cup security agreement
signed in Doha following a meeting between the country's respective
The agreement "aims to build a strategic partnership for the
preparation of the World Cup in 2022 and the management of the security
of the event", according to a statement released after the signing.
No further details were given.
It was announced after a meeting between Sheikh Abdallah bin Khalifa
al-Thani and his French counterpart Edouard Philippe in the Emiri Diwan.
The deal emphasises the close ties between Qatar and France.
Twenty-four hours earlier the French-designed Qatar national museum
was opened to great fanfare in Doha, in a ceremony attended, among
others, by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
France's sporting ties to Qatar also include owning the French
football champions, Paris Saint-Germain, as well as the French being
seen as instrumental in helping the World Cup to be hosted in the Middle
East for the first time.
Qatar, at the centre of a bitter Gulf diplomatic split which has seen
it blockaded by neighbouring former allies, had previously signed an
air security agreement for 2022 with the United Kingdom.
Under that deal, signed in April 2018, UK Typhoon fighter jets and a
Qatar/British "Joint Operation Squadron" will patrol the skies during
the 2022 tournament.