The Ministry of Interior works to set up channels of cooperation and coordination with different regional, Arab and international bodies and organizations, in order to reveal the glory of Qatar at various Arab and international events, and beneficiate from different entities in the field of consulting services, researches, studies and technical assistance in order to meet the objectives of the Ministry to establish security throughout the country. It comes especially in light of the growing role of these organizations and bodies in recent times and their contribution significantly to support the development process in the countries of the world through technical cooperation.
In order to realize these goals the International Cooperation Department was established. In 1997 an office was prepared namely “International Cooperation and Studies Office”. In 2001 the General Directorate of Studies and International Cooperation was established, followed by the Decree of the Minister of State for Internal Affairs No.43/2001 with approval to the organizational and working structure of the Ministry of Interior and amendment to the General Directorate of Studies and International Cooperation to maintain as a department of the Ministry of Interior.
Later on the decree No. 54/2001 of the Minister of State for Internal Affairs amending the decree No. 43/2001 and approving the organizational and transition structure of the Ministry of Interior. The article (6) of the decree included keeping track to the communication and Interpol, studies, researches for international cooperation. The name of the department was changed to international cooperation terminating the studies and researches section and restraining to the conferences and ICPO-Interpol liaison division. This came according to the decree of the Ministry of Internal Affairs No.1/2004 approving the organizational structures and functions of the departments of the Ministry which included the formation of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry. The decree No. 24/2007 was issued by the Minister of Internal Affairs, transferring the function of ICPO-Interpol from the International Cooperation Department to the Minister of Internal Affairs, followed by the decree of the Minister of State of Internal Affairs 49/2008 modifying the organizational structure and the functions of the International Cooperation Department.