GCC Interior Ministers meet in Riyadh

May 6, 2010

The 11th meeting of Interior Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) concluded in Riyadh last night with the issuance of a press release welcoming the return of calm to the Saudi-Yemeni border and expressing support for Saudi defense measures and Yemeni security and stability. The ministers hailed the success of the Saudi security agencies’ efforts against terrorism and reiterated the GCC countries’ firm opposition to all forms, motivations, justifications and sources of terrorism and extremism.

Participants at the meeting included Saudi Second Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Ministry Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz; Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber Khalid Al-Sabah; Omani Interior Minister Saud bin Ibrahim Al-Bu Saeedi; Bahraini Interior Minister Sheikh Lt. Gen. Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa; and a number of other top officials.

In a press statement following the session, Prince Nayef welcomed Kuwait’s proposal to update the GCC security agreement and expressed hope that all GCC countries would approve the proposed agreement. He noted the extent of Yemeni cooperation with Saudi security services to prevent terrorist infiltration, remarking, “Yemen is cooperating, but because of the circumstances and nature of the land, a large number of them may be able to infiltrate. Daily, we arrest hundreds and, sometimes, they exceed one thousand and more and we return them back. Other nationalities come with them. The security agencies are active in preventing the infiltration of suspected people. If some people managed to infiltrate, they would fall into the hands of security services in the Kingdom.”