GCC Interior Ministers hold 28th meeting

October 28, 2009

Deputy Minister of Interior Prince Ahmad bin Abdulaziz led the Saudi delegation to the 28th Meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Interior Ministers held in Muscat yesterday. The participants focused on issues affecting regional security, including terrorism, drug smuggling, money-laundering, piracy and intelligence sharing.

Speaking on the occasion, Prince Ahmed said stability in the Gulf requires coordination between all the region’s countries, including Iran, based on the principles of mutual respect, joint cooperation and non-intervention in domestic affairs. “We have been facing serious challenges and dangers, including the dangers of terrorism, which threatens our achievements as well as our moral values and principles in addition to our natural resources,” Prince Ahmed said, noting that confronting those challenges requires coordinated Gulf and international efforts. “We should take all precautionary measures for eradication of terrorism, and there is a need for taking collective security measures for confronting terrorism,” he added.

At the conclusion of the session, the Interior Ministers adopted a proposal presented by Bahrain to crystallize a joint approach to counterterrorism. Furthermore, they emphasized the importance of maintaining the security, territorial integrity and independence of both Iraq and Yemen.