Three British naval ships have arrived at the Umm Al-Hol naval base in Qatar.
This comes within the framework of cooperation agreements Qatar has signed with allies to secure the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosted by the Gulf nation.
According to Reuters news agency, British female mine hunters will patrol the waters near the Gulf.
The British fleet will join other ships from thirteen nations taking part in defending the World Cup, which is being organized for the first time in the Arab country and the Middle East.
Among the most important countries participating in securing the tournament are the United States, United Kingdom, Turkey, France, Germany, Pakistan and others.
The matches will begin on November 20, with the opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bad Stadium.
Britain announced last May that it would provide elements of the British Royal Air Force and Navy to Qatar to help defend the World Cup.
A British Ministry of Defense source confirmed that his country will support Qatar with military capabilities to combat terrorism and other threats to the championship through maritime security, operational planning and command and control support.
As for US support for hosting the World Cup, the US Department of Homeland Security will be there to provide security for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Turkey, which has a military base in Qatar, will temporarily deploy 3,250 troops to secure the World Cup.
Last June, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced its readiness to provide support to the Qatari government in security aspects related to hosting the World Cup.
Qatar has called up hundreds of civilians for mandatory military service to man security checkpoints at World Cup stadiums – Reuters news agency reports.
Qatar has a population of 2.8 million – including around 380,000 Qatari citizens – and 1.2 million spectators are expected to attend the action at the world’s most important football tournament.
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