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Saif bin Zayed calls for more GCC security cooperation

posted on 04/05/2011: 948 views

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior said the new current challenges dictate on the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States to further bolster cooperation among the security authorities to realise the endeavours of the leadership for more cooperation, and exchanging views and expertise.

Chairing the 12th meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers here yesterday at Emirates Palace, Sheikh Saif welcomed the participants in their second country, and conveyed to them the regards of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on the convention of this important brotherly gathering amid developments and circumstances being witnessed by a number of countries in the region.

"The agenda include a number of issues, notably, the joint coordination and cooperation", he said, referring to the statement of the UAE President that "the security of the Gulf is the security of the whole world. Any threat to one of the Gulf countries extends to the whole region".

Sheikh Saif hailed the efforts being exerted by the GCC on cementing the brotherly solidarity among the member countries in line with the joint interest, geography, history, religion, heritage and others.

"All those dictate on us to view the security and stability of the member countries as a priority and an inseparable issue." He noted that the meeting would adopt a number of resolutions that "could contribute to strengthening the security and stability, and joint police work to safeguard the achievements of our people and gains of our countries."

Bahraini Minister of Interior Staff Lt. General Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa thanked Their Highnesses Rulers of the GCC countries, their governments and peoples for supporting Bahrain during the recent events in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

He called for taking more steps that could boost security and stability in the region, referring to the amendment of the GCC Security Agreement to become bilateral or collective or setting up GCC Regional Centre for Criminal Police.

He thanked Sheikh Saif bin Zayed for good hospitality, and for great efforts exerted to make the meeting successful.

Sheikh Ahmed Al Homoud Al Jabber Al Sabah, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, said the meeting was importance in a sense that it was convened amid serious developments in the region. He underlined the joint GCC work in the areas of security is an effective pioneer model.

For his part, Dr Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the GCC, thanked the UAE leadership for hosting such a consultative gathering, hailing the support of the GCC leaders to the joint GCC security work.

"The meeting is convened amid serious regional and international developments that require concerted unified efforts to safeguard security and stability", he said, citing the foreign conspiracy during the recent events in the Kingdom of Bahrain and unveiling of espionage network in Kuwait.

He lauded the efforts being exerted by the UAE in fighting maritime piracy and hosting of the international conference on counter piracy. Al Zayani also hailed the efforts of Qatar in supporting the Criminal Information Centre for Anti Narcotics. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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