GCC security agreement signed

Updated 14 November 2012
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GCC security agreement signed

RIYADH: GCC interior ministers signed a security agreement yesterday, which will make them a unified force in the region. The pact aims at reinforcing security cooperation and coordination between the GCC member countries, said the bloc’s chief Abdullatif Al-Zayani. “The security pact will empower each GCC country to take legal action, based on its own legislation, against citizens or residents or organized groups that are linked to crime, terrorism or dissension,” said Al-Zayani. The member countries will also exchange information and expertise to combat all forms of crime, said the GCC chief.
An official said that the initial security agreement was announced in Manama in December 1994, but only Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman endorsed it at the time. Qatar entered the pact in 2009. The GCC leaders, at their 2010 summit in Kuwait, called for building on the understanding by putting it to a committee of experts and specialists from the GCC countries.


Saudi air defenses intercept explosive Houthi drone in the vicinity of Jazan airport

Updated 1 min 50 sec ago
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Saudi air defenses intercept explosive Houthi drone in the vicinity of Jazan airport

  • Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that the drone targeted King Abdullah Airport in Jazan
  • Saudi air defenses intercepted it at 7.14 a.m. local time on Sunday

RIYADH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted a Houthi drone packed with explosives heading for Jazan airport on Sunday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that the drone targeted King Abdullah Airport in Jazan and that Saudi air defenses intercepted it at 7.14 a.m. local time on Sunday. 

The air defenses destroyed another drone packed with explosives launched by the Houthis towards Najran airport on Thursday.