Interior ministers of Iraq’s neighboring countries begin meeting

September 23, 2010

Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz led the Saudi delegation to the 7th Meeting of the Interior Ministers of Iraq’s Neighboring Countries in Manama yesterday. The interior ministers of Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Bahrain, and Egypt attended the gathering, along with representatives of the United Nations, the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Addressing the meeting, Prince Nayef stressed that the security and stability of Iraq are closely linked to the security and stability of the entire region. He called on Arab countries to fulfill their “religious, moral and legal duty” and provide assistance to their neighbor. However, he noted that the future of Iraq is in the hands of the Iraqi people and warned against interfering in its internal affairs.

During his stay in Manama, Prince Nayef was received by Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa at Al-Sukhair Palace. He also met with Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa. Prince Nayef was accompanied to Bahrain by Eastern Province Governor Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz; Prince Fahd bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz; and other top Saudi officials.