Top officials discuss GCC security

Updated 08 July 2014
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Top officials discuss GCC security

Regional security and cooperation topped the agenda of the consultative meeting held recently between the deputy ministers and high-ranking officials from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Kuwaiti deputy premier and minister of interior.
The meeting assumes significance amid growing regional challenges including security concerns created by the Islamic State and the Sharura standoff on the Saudi-Yemen border.
“The meeting between GCC officials and Sheikh Mohammad stressed permanent cooperation between GCC interior ministries,” sources at the Ministry of Interior said.
According to the sources, regional security topped the agenda of the discussion, which took place after the consultative meeting on Thursday in Kuwait.
“They called for unifying their visions and discussed security developments in regional and international arenas,” the sources added.
The meeting also discussed regional stability, security and fight against crime.
Earlier, the GCC had announced the formation of a unified military command to reinforce the regional security architecture in order to strengthen the six member bloc’s defense capabilities.
The participating deputy interior ministers expressed gratitude to the Kuwaiti government for hosting the important meeting.
Notably, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior said Monday that it will bring all those involved in the violation of the law to book in order to safeguard the country’s security.
The GCC countries are also planning to launch a common visa on the lines of the Schengen visa to allow Gulf-based expats and foreign businessmen to move easily across the borders of the six-member bloc and boost tourism and trade in the region.


US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia congratulates King Salman on National Day

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US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia congratulates King Salman on National Day

JEDDAH: The US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia Christopher Henzel has issued a statement congratulating King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Kingdom’s people on its National Day.
Henzel’s statement read: “On behalf of the United States of America and all my colleagues here at the Embassy and our Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran, I extend our congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the people of Saudi Arabia on your national day.
“Our partnership with Saudi Arabia extends from our close security cooperation to our strong relations in business and exchange programs. Together we are working to promote the security and prosperity of both our countries.
“Through our educational and cultural exchange programs we learn from each other and deepen our partnership. Over many decades hundreds of thousands of Saudi and American officials, tourists, business representatives, and students have traveled between our countries and in the process have cemented our strong ties.
“I wish the people of Saudi Arabia success in all their endeavors and look forward to a bright future as our two countries continue to work together.”