In the 1970s Stirling was associated with covert military action in the Middle East, while running TIE
out of the same offices as Watchguard International, Ltd., a covert firm through which he trained security units for service in Arab and African countries.
Oman also has long running ties
with the European Union as well as member states." She added: "EU is keen on strengthening the partnership." Referring to the focus of the upcoming EU-GCC ministerial meeting in Europe in mid-2014, Ashton said, "The ministerial meeting will talk a wide range of issues including economic cooperation and current events that affect economies.