1999 News Story

Arab interior ministers meet in Amman

Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, who is also honorary president of the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior, left Amman today after leading the Saudi delegation to the meetings of the Council's 16th session. At a press conference, Prince Nayef remarked on the fraternal and fruitful talks he had held with Jordanian officials on bilateral relations and developments at the Arab level. As for the outcome of the Council's meetings, he said issues such as the Arab anti-terrorism agreement and means for combating drugs were discussed.

In the communiqué issued at the end of the conference, the Arab interior ministers deplored all forms of terrorism and expressed support of measures aimed at convening an international conference on ways to confront the phenomenon. The communiqué expressed anxiety at the escalation of terrorist activities, which constitute a flagrant threat to human rights as well as to the security and stability of all nations, but emphasized the importance of differentiating between terrorism and the right of nations to struggle against foreign occupation and aggression. The communiqué reaffirmed the importance of combating terrorism within the framework of the Arab anti-terrorism agreement, and urged any country that harbors terrorist elements to prevent them from using its territories or exploiting its laws, and also to prevent them from obtaining weapons or financial support, or practicing any criminal or propaganda activities that undermine the security and safety of all nations.
Speaking yesterday at the final session of the conference, Prince Nayef hoped that the resolutions taken by the Arab interior ministers would have a positive impact on the progress of joint Arab security work. He announced that the 17th conference would be held in Algeria.
At a press conference yesterday, Prince Nayef highlighted the positive role being played by the Nayef Arab Academy for Security Sciences in Riyadh, which cooperates with Arab universities and international scientific centers.