The Interior Ministers of the GCC states approved a plan to set up a joint police organization as they convened for their 15th consultative meeting which took place in Kuwait on Wednesday.
The GCCPOL will be headquartered in Abu Dhabi.
Bahrain’s Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa led Bahrain's delegation to the session, reported the Gulf Daily News.
H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior headed the UAE delegation.
Sheikh Saif, along with the other GCC Interior Ministers, were received at the Bayan Palace by the Emir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
In their meeting, the GCC Interior Ministers (photo) discussed a number of issues relating to joint security cooperation among the GCC countries.
The Ministers commended ongoing efforts to finalize the establishment of the GCC's permanent bureau at the UN in Vienna.
The office will play a key role in consolidating GCC security co-ordination, particularly in the fight against narcotics.
Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Head of the current GCC Interior Ministers' session Sheikh Mohammed Al Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah chaired the meeting.
GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani said key issues were discussed to consolidate co-operation, protect GCC security and stability, and preserve achievements.
The Ministers commended the efforts of GCC security agencies in combating drug trafficking, tracking down criminals and protecting Gulf societies from the lethal effects of narcotics.
They underscored the importance of collective work to beef up security and bolster stability.
The Ministers hailed GCC co-ordination to counter terrorism, eradicate terrorist cells and organizations, and combat terror mindset and extremist doctrines which contravene tolerant Islamic precepts and genuine Arab values.
They also praised Saudi and Bahraini authorities for issuing directives banning their citizens from taking part in fighting abroad, joining extremists and terrorist groups.