Minister for Defence visit to Qatar

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Defence

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28 April 2017

Minister for Defence Senator, the Hon Marise Payne, today met with Qatar Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah in Doha.

The Minister discussed regional security and our shared commitment to defeating Daesh.

While in Qatar, the Minister also met with Australian personnel based at the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre (CAOC). 

The CAOC is the coalition’s headquarters for the air campaign across the Middle East region providing command and control for all coalition air operations over Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

The CAOC plans and monitors coalition operations as well as deconflicting aircraft and managing air-to-air refuelling.

"Australian personnel embedded in the CAOC ensure we are able to work seamlessly with our coalition partners in the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria," Minister Payne said.

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