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Security concerns ahead of Qatar hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup

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Jun-08 12:22 first published at 12:22 PM


Around 1.5 million people are expected to attend the FIFA World Cup, according to organizers.

Morocco has sent “thousands” of police officers to Qatar to help the gulf country prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to local Moroccan media.

According to a story published by Jeune Afrique magazine, the deployment is part of a collaboration agreement with Qatar.

The news comes only days after Morocco’s director of the General Directorate of National Security and General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGSN-DGST) conducted a visit to the Lusail stadium, which will host the World Cup’s final match in 2022.

Last month, Abdellatif Hammouchi, the head of the DGSN-DGST, was the first senior foreign official to inspect the 80,000-seat stadium.

At the security operations center and command post, the Moroccan official concentrated on cybersecurity. He also met with Qatari officials on several occasions to discuss World Cup security measures.

Morocco’s visit coincided with the country’s participation in Milipol Qatar 2022, the Middle East and North African region’s largest annual international exhibition for land security and civil defense held in Doha.

Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Interior Minister, met with Hammouchi after the event to discuss security collaboration between Doha and Rabat.

As part of the FIFA World Cup preparations, Morocco committed to send a team of cybersecurity specialists to Qatar in late May.

In addition, the North African country had already expressed interest in assisting Qatar in hosting the world’s most important football tournament in 2020, by offering manpower and logistical support.

Morocco, on the other hand, will not be the only country assisting Qatar in securing the event.

Qatari and Turkish officials met in Doha on Sunday to address security concerns ahead of Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022 later this year.

According to Anadolu Agency, the Qatari delegation was led by Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari, chairman of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Security and Safety Operations Committee, and the Turkish delegation was led by Deputy Interior Minister Muhterem Ince.

Throughout the sessions, several areas of mutual cooperation during the main tournament were discussed.

The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy of the United Kingdom will also help counter-terror policing at this year’s Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

For the first time in history, the FIFA World Cup will be held in the winter, from November 18 to December 21, rather than the summer. Temperatures in Qatar during the summer range from 40 to 50 degrees Celsius, making a summer competition impossible.

From November 21 to December 2, the FIFA World Cup group stage will take place. Following the end of the group stage, the Round of 16 matches will be conducted on December 3-6.

The quarterfinals of the event will be place on December 9 and 10.

The semi-finals will be held on December 13 and 14, followed by the third-place match and final on December 17 and 18, respectively.

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