GCC Interior Ministers hold Consultative Meeting in Abu Dhabi

May 4, 2011

The Interior Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states held their 12th Consultative Meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday, presided over by UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. The Kingdom’s delegation was led by Deputy Minister of Interior Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz.

The meeting focused on the latest developments in the Arab world and ways in which joint GCC security cooperation can address these issues. Delivering a speech to the opening session, Lt. Gen. Al-Nahyan stressed the importance of strengthening coordination between the GCC countries. “The new challenges in today’s world require further work from us to build bridges of communication between security institutions in order to achieve the aspirations of our leaders and peoples,” he said.

During his own address, Prince Ahmed expressed satisfaction with the progress being made by the GCC states in terms of joint security efforts and cooperation in other fields. He looked forward to a time when “all institutions of our society and its religious, educational, informational, intellectual, social, economic and political agencies” are part of this cooperative trend, adding that “maintaining our security, stability and our development and civilization achievements is a joint responsibility that is not limited to a group, class or an individual without the other, but is the responsibility of the entire nation.”

The meeting also featured remarks from Bahraini Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa; Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamoud Al-Sabah; and GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani. Afterwards, the delegates held a closed-door session.

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