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USA to assist Qatar with World Cup security

Robert Besser
06 Jul 2022, 13:54 GMT+10

WASHINGTON D.C.: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will assist Qatar with security during the 2022 World Cup, which begins November 21.

In an interview with ABC News, Rob Silvers, under secretary for strategy, police and plans at the DHS, said, "We are committed to working closely with Qatar to make sure the world can enjoy a safe and secure World Cup. We are going to be providing security support to our partner and we're going to be doing that in a range of ways."

Silvers said he is headed to Qatar this week to shore up those security partnerships.

As part of the arrangement, U.S. Transportation Security Agency personnel will provide baggage screening support for people attending matches.

Silvers explained, "We are going to host a delegation from Qatar at a U.S. airport to show them our airport security practices here, because obviously they are expecting a large number of visitors and we want to help them on that front."

The U.S. Secret Service will also be on sight helping out the Qataris at the World Cup, he added, stating, "We are going to have our Secret Service providing support on protective details and on major event security coordination."

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will also provide cyber resources and services, he added, noting that there is no credible threat to the World Cup, but "it is a large and prominent gathering, and we should always be prepared from a security perspective."

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