GCC Interior Ministers hold 10th Consultative Meeting

May 13, 2009

Ministers of Interior from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states gathered in Riyadh yesterday to hold their 10th Consultative Meeting.

Second Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz led Saudi Arabia’s delegation. Also in attendance were Omani Interior Minister Saud Albosaeedi, Qatari Minister of State for Interior Affairs Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani, Bahraini Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifah, U.A.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Saif Al Nahayyan, and Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheikh Jabir Khalid Alsabah.

During the meeting, the ministers reviewed different aspects of security cooperation between the GCC states.

Addressing the gathering, Prince Nayef lauded the success of last week’s 11th GCC Consultative Summit, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Turning to security issues, Prince Nayef expressed concern over the recent increase in violence in Iraq and urged neighboring countries to take positive action to promote Iraqi unity and stability. The security of the entire region, he warned, may be at stake.

Speaking to the media today, Prince Nayef characterized the GCC interior ministers’ deliberations as ‘successful,’ claiming that their desired goals had been attained.

Furthermore, he confirmed that Saudi security forces have successfully defeated deviant groups inside the Kingdom. “Thanks to Allah Almighty, we have attained great success in this respect,” he remarked. Regarding Saudi detainees in Guantanamo, Prince Nayef said, “We are proceeding ahead on these issues and we hope it will not take a long time. At the same time, we also hope that there will be no Saudi detainee” remaining.

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