RIYADH: The interior ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council countries held their 39th meeting at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the GCC in Riyadh on Wednesday.
The meeting was led by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif in the presence of GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf with the participation of the ministers from UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar.
Prince Abdulaziz conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and their wishes for the meeting’s success.
He wished Qatar success for the football World Cup, and congratulated Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah for his appointment as first deputy prime minister and minister of interior of Kuwait.
Prince Abdulaziz said that the meeting embodied the spirit of brotherhood and joint Gulf cooperation in confronting and eliminating security challenges.
“Our meeting takes place in light of the dangers and challenges that some countries in the world are going through, which threaten their security and stability,” he said.
He added that such instability “emphasizes the importance of adhering to the unity of the council, strengthening joint action, and increasing the pace of cooperation and coordination among the security services in our countries.”
The prince said that 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 meeting discussed common security issues and reviewed the reports on this year’s Saudi-organized, joint-GCC security service exercise, known as Arab Gulf Security 3, and preparations for the fourth exercise next year organized by the Ministry of Interior in Qatar.