Turkey to deploy 3,250 security personnel for Qatar 2022 World Cup

Turkey to deploy 3,250 security personnel for Qatar 2022 World Cup
Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced that 3,250 security personnel will be deployed to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, taking place late this year.
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Turkey to send 3,250 security personnel to Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup taking place late this year. [Photo via Getty images]

Turkey will send 3,250 security officers to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday, adding Ankara had also trained Qatari personnel ahead of the competition.

Speaking at an event in the southern resort town of Antalya, Soylu said 3,000 riot police and other personnel will be deployed during the event, as well as 100 members of a special forces unit, 50 bomb-detection dogs and their operators, 50 bomb experts and other staff.

"A total of 3,250 of our personnel will work temporarily in Qatar in November and December of 2022 for 45 days for the World Cup," Soylu said. "At this event, which over a million fans from across the world are expected to attend, our personnel will ensure security," he said.

Soylu added that Turkey had also trained 677 Qatari security personnel in 38 different areas, without elaborating. He also did not specify what would be the share of the Turkish deployment in the event's overall security staff.

Turkey and Qatar have strengthened ties in recent years, with Ankara backing Doha in its dispute with other Gulf states and the two countries frequently cooperating on commercial and economic issues.

The tournament, which will be the first World Cup hosted in the Middle East, will be held from 21 November to 18 December this year.