We have ‘double responsibility’ to ward off threats, Saudi minister tells GCC meeting

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif speaking at the GCC meeting in Muscat, Oman, on Oct. 17, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 18 October 2019

We have ‘double responsibility’ to ward off threats, Saudi minister tells GCC meeting

MUSCAT, Oman: The ministers of interior of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States held their 36th meeting in the Omani capital Muscat.

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif led his country’s delegation to the meeting.

The Saudi minister said: “We are facing many growing challenges due to the stature of our countries, their strategic position and our social cohesion. It is our duty and responsibility to face these challenges with determination and ability, relying on God first and then on the wisdom of our leaders and the consciousness of our peoples.

“We meet today amid critical circumstances, serious terrorist and security threats, and external interventions aimed primarily at fomenting chaos, strife and interference in our internal affairs. Therefore, we have a double responsibility to ward off threats to our homelands and peoples. The Kingdom supports the GCC countries in maintaining sovereignty, stability and common Gulf security.”

Prince Abdul Aziz said: “The lack of security and stability in many regions of the world has led to an increase in waves of violence, terrorism and the spread of transnational organized crime, and this puts us with a shared responsibility to take effective measures to protect our security. Thus, there is a need to activate relevant strategies, agreements and resolutions issued by the Gulf Joint Action Institutions so as to maintain the security and stability of our states.”

The secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdullah Al-Zayani, said: “We must work hard, to protect the security and stability of the GCC countries and safeguard the interests of their citizens and residents,” he said.

During their meeting the ministers condemned the sabotage attack on oil installations in Abqaiq and Khurais in Saudi Arabia.

The ministers honored the winners of the Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz Award for Security Research of the GCC 2017.

They also honored the president of the Saudi Press Agency, Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein, for his efforts in promoting the Prince Naif bin Abdul Aziz Award for Security Research.


Saudi CERT warns against phishing attacks in relation to COVID-19

Updated 10 April 2020

Saudi CERT warns against phishing attacks in relation to COVID-19

JEDDAH: The Saudi Computer Emergency Response Team (Saudi CERT) has warned that people are using the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to initiate online phishing scams and attempt to steal personal information.

“Be careful and beware of messages that you could receive from fake accounts under the name of  the Ministry of Health asking you to click on an unknown link,” Saudi CERT wrote on Twitter.

Saudi CERT shared a number of tips to avoid falling for such scams: “Continuously follow reliable news sources from the Ministry of Health’s official accounts, make sure that the messages received are from official accounts and check with the sender before opening anonymous links.”