US DHS solidifies partnership to enhance security for 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup


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The US Department of Homeland Security has recently confirmed that it will be working closely with Qatar to provide security for the World Cup which is due to take place later this year.

DHS Under Secretary for Policy Robert Silvers met Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani in Doha to discuss strengthening Qatar’s event security, port security, screening, contraband interdiction and risk management capabilities. 

A joint statement from the US DHS and the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar stated that the following security commitments have been made:

  • The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) committed to provide support for screening, baggage inspection, insider risk management and other security-related priorities. TSA also committed to host a Qatari delegation at a US airport to share best practices in airport safety and security, provide technical assistance to the Qatari Civil Aviation Authority and contribute personnel to bolster a Joint Operations Centre that will provide daily screening and operational support to Qatar’s Hamad International Airport during World Cup Qatar 2022.
  • US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) committed to provide support for passenger and cargo screening operations, automated targeting and risk management, fraudulent document detection, use of plain-clothes personnel to help detect suspicious travelers, port courtesy procedures for VIP personnel and air cargo, passenger and seaport interdiction. CBP also committed to host a Qatari delegation at its National Targeting Centre and expand information sharing to improve detection of suspicious travelers and fraudulent visas. 
  • The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency committed to provide resources on infrastructure security.

Under Secretary Silvers and MOI Under Secretary H.E. Major General Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Faisal Al Thani also signed an agreement to help identify any individuals that may be linked to terrorism or trafficking of illegal items such as substances, weapons, people and currency.

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