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Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat

GCC Interior Ministers Discuss Common Security Issues

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif chairing the meeting (SPA)

The Interior Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have held their thirty-ninth meeting in Riyadh under the chairmanship of Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif.

Prince Abdulaziz delivered a speech in which he conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and their wishes for the meeting's success.

The Minister stressed that the meeting embodied the spirit of brotherhood and joint Gulf cooperation in confronting and eliminating security challenges.

"Our meeting takes place amid dangers and challenges facing some countries in the world, which threaten their security and stability," he said, stressing that it is crucial to adhere to the unity of the council, boost joint action, and increase the cooperation and coordination among security services.

The Prince said the council must "confront everything that threatens the security and safety of citizens and residents and maintain the security, stability, development, and growth that our countries have achieved."

The ministers discussed the agenda and common security issues, in addition to the reports on the joint tactical exercise of the security services in the GCC countries "Arab Gulf Security 3", organized by the Saudi Ministry of Interior (2022), and the ongoing preparations for the upcoming exercise "Arab Gulf Security 4", which will be organized by the Qatari Ministry of Interior (2023).

The meeting was also attended by UAE's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bahrain's Minister of Interior, Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Oman's Minister of Interior Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Kuwait's Minister of Interior Sheikh Talal Khaled Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Qatar's Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Faisal bin Mohammad Al Thani, and GCC Sec-Gen Nayef al-Hajraf.

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