The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Interior Ministers concluded in Riyadh Tuesday their 35th meeting, where they discussed a number of key security issues and took the appropriate decisions, particularly in the field of communications security.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and Minister of Interior Mohammed bin Nayef (photo) chaired the meeting and welcomed the Interior Ministers of the GCC member states in his opening speech.
Prince Mohammed said that his country and other Gulf-Arab nations are capable of facing security challenges, citing the success of the first joint Gulf-wide military exercises held in Bahrain last month.
“For those who think they can threaten the security and stability of our countries, then should know that we are prepared to respond with the harshest measures,” the Saudi Crown Prince said.
GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani Dr. Al-Zayani also said the Ministers lauded the performance of participants in the joint military drill recently held in Bahrain, praising the Bahraini authorities for the effort they have exerted to make the event a success.
The Ministers reiterated that their countries would take all necessary measures to preserve their stability and security, Al-Zayani said in a press statement after the meeting.
The Ministers, he added, commended Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s endeavors to strengthen common Gulf action to honor aspirations of the GCC citizens.
The Ministers denounced air attacks launched by Houthi militias towards Makkah recently, confirming full support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in defense for Muslims sanctities.
They also expressed satisfaction over the efforts being demonstrated by the GCC Center for Management for Emergency and Future Vision as well as the GCC police authority.
Bahrain’s Interior Minister Lieutenant-General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa outlined the pillars of the joint security drill (Arab Gulf Security 1) and hailed the GCC Interior Ministers for attending the final drill, which, he said, represented a major catalyst to enhance performance.
He also praised the GCC’s keenness on upgrading collective work and holding more drills between different security agencies. The Bahraini Minister stressed the issues which featured on the agenda, focusing mainly on the need to bolster security cooperation and coordination so as to confront challenges and stave off dangers.
Lt. General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa invited the GCC Interior Ministers to attend the 36th meeting, scheduled to be held in Bahrain, which will assume the rotation GCC Presidency.