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GCC Interior Ministers end meeting

posted on 14/11/2006: 722 views

Interior Ministers of the GCC countries concluded their 25th meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday. According to the meeting's final statement, read by GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah, the ministers discussed cooperation and coordination in security matters as well as other issues. The ministers stressed the importance of finalising a proposed move to allow GCC citizens unrestricted intra-Gulf movement.

They also urged speeding up issuance of smart card in all GCC countries to facilitate that movement. They welcomed recommendations by the panel of the GCC Award for Security Research which called for giving this year's award to several researchers from the member countries who jointly prepared a study on the 'societal partnership and its impact on national security'.

On the efforts to combat terrorism, the ministers reiterated their countries' firm stand against terror in all its forms. They pointed out that Terrorism has become a serious global crime that requires regional and international cooperation and coordination.

"That cooperation should be based on analyses that link terrorism to extremist ideologies that know no religion, nation or people." The statement criticized "irresponsible stands and statements which try to establish a link between Islam and terrorism and continuous provocation of Muslims." The ministers agreed to form a permanent counter-terrorism committee.

The ministers also expressed concern about the possible damages to people and to the environment in the GCC countries that could result from Iranian nuclear reactors. They urged Iran to deal with this matter through diplomatic channels and to fully cooperate with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). They also regretted the deteriorating situation in Iraq and the increasing communal conflicts. They emphasized the need to regain security and stability.

Also denounced were the massacres committed by Israel against the Palestinian people. They called on the international community to act to stop Israeli arrogance. They also urged the Palestinian to unify their ranks and to put national interest as a priority in their struggle to establish the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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