Police forces from the UAE are participating in the “Arab Gulf Security 1”, the first joint security exercise of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), alongside forces from the other five members of the Arab regional bloc: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
“The UAE participating forces are well-prepared. We are keen on carrying out the missions in an optimal manner alongside counterparts from other GCC states to learn about their experiences in addressing the challenges we are facing”, noted Brigadier Fares Khalifa Al Farsi (photo), Director-General of Central Operations at the Ministry of Interior, and head of the UAE delegation to the exercise.
The participation of the UAE police forces is being supported and overseen by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, as part of efforts to bolster joint GCC action and enhance regional security, Al Farsi further noted.
“Arab Gulf Security 1” exercises are taking place in Bahrain from 25 October to 17 November, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.
The joint security exercise was approved at the GCC Interior Ministers consultative meeting held in April, 2015 in Doha. It is a move toward unifying security concepts and terms, raising security readiness, enhancing command and control procedures and communication among security operation centers, as well as the instant exchange of information and carrying out security measures in response to various security situations.
The exercise is a part of the GCC security agreement aimed at boosting the joint capabilities, chiefly combating terrorism phenomenon and the exchange of expertise and training techniques, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
GCC members are hoping to unify protocols in relations to the protection of land and sea borders, installations and public and economic utilities, supported by various multi-purpose mechanisms, gunboats, several units, a number of aircrafts dedicated for security-related operations, in addition to equipment, weapons and other necessary appliances, as well.