India, Qatar ink key defence cooperation pact Doha (PTI): Taking bilateral ties to a new high, India and Qatar have signed a landmark defence cooperation pact, described by officials as an agreement "just short of stationing troops" in the oil-rich Gulf region. Within hours of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's touchdown here on Sunday evening on the second leg of his three-day maiden visit to the Gulf, the two sides signed agreements on defence and security, dealing with key areas like maritime security, intelligence sharing on terrorism, money laundering and transnational crime. The defence cooperation pact addresses security concerns of Qatar and seeks to safeguard India's interest, officials said. "The agreement is just short of stationing troops (in the region)," a top Indian official said. Joint training exercises, training of personnel and maritime cooperation are highlights of the landmark pact inked by Defence Secretary Vijay Singh and his Qatari counterpart last evening after Singh led delegation-level talks with his counterpart Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani. The defence pact lays out a structure for joint maritime security and training as well as exchange of visits. Another agreement on law and security enforcement was signed by Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed and his Qatari counterpart. The pact deals with issues such as money laundering and transnational crimes. It lays out framework for sharing of information and database on threats posed by extremists and other security and legal matters, officials said. The Hindu News Update Service Now ...what exactly does the bold and underlined part ("just short of stationing troops") means ?