1998 News Story

Interior ministers conference ends with communiqué

Interior Minister Prince Nayef Ibn Abdul Aziz arrived home from Kuwait yesterday after heading the Kingdom's delegation to the 17th Conference of Interior Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. Before leaving Kuwait, Prince Nayef stated that the conference had endorsed all issues that came up for discussion. Concluding the two-day meeting yesterday, the Interior Ministers issued a communiqué underlining the importance of intensifying cooperation in order to cope with the latest regional and international security developments. Expressing satisfaction at the achievements of the special security committees, the ministers pointed to the executive measures taken by member states on facilitating travel for GCC citizens and trade exchanges among GCC countries. They also reviewed means of fighting drugs and developing human resources in this respect through training and exchange of expertise. The communiqué reiterated that the GCC condemns all kinds of extremism, violence and terrorism, since they are a threat to the region's stability, and resolved to confront such phenomena by consolidating security cooperation.