Interior Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held Tuesday their 37th ordinary meeting via video conference from the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The meeting convened under the chairmanship of General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Rotatory President of the current session, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The Ministers conveyed to the Kuwaiti people, Arab Gulf peoples, and Arab and Islamic nations, sincere condolence and sympathy on the sad demise of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait, praying to Allah the Almighty to bestow his mercy upon his soul, citing the great achievements and noble deeds the deceased offered to the GCC countries and peoples.
They congratulated Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, on assuming office in Kuwait, wishing him every success in the service of Kuwait and its people, and wishing Kuwait steady progress, security and prosperity.
Addressing the meeting, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Minister of Interior, conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to the participants in the meeting, wishing the Ministers every success.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz said that this meeting is taking place amid critical circumstances facing the entire world due to the outbreak and spread of coronavirus COVID-19 which threatened the health of mankind and caused negative repercussions on lives of people and the world economy.
However, our countries have so far made great strides in several fields, he said, citing deterrence against crime, terror combat, traffic safety, civil protection, drug fighting, financial control and security enlightenment.
Following the meeting, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, GCC Secretary General, said in a press statement, that the Ministers thanked the UAE, the current president of this session, for the strenuous efforts it was exerting to make the march of the GCC countries a success.
The Interior Ministers also lauded the support lent by their Majesty and Highnesses, leaders of the GCC to the joint security action of the GCC states to enhance cooperation and integrity among their countries to further consolidate the security and stability of the GCC countries, Dr. Al-Hajraf said.
He added that the Ministers took decisions on a host of issues on their agenda, including reports submitted to them by security committees as well as recommendations forwarded by interior ministries undersecretaries.
The meeting also reviewed security measures undertaken to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It approved a number of decisions and recommendations listed on its agenda.