Arab Interior Ministers release statement on counterterrorism efforts

March 13, 2013

Under the Chairmanship of Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, the Council of Arab Interior Ministers started its 30th session in Riyadh today. The session was attended by senior Arab officials, as well as representatives of the United Nations, Arab League, and Gulf Cooperation Council.

On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Prince Mohammed delivered a speech welcoming the delegations. He stated, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is working hard to promote the march of joint Arab security cooperation and coordination in all areas. To achieve this, the Kingdom has adopted several security initiatives, ratified a number of conventions and strategies in this regard, contributed to the exchange of security information and expertise, supported all Arab, regional, and international efforts aiming to combat crime in its multiple forms, particularly the crime of terrorism, which is the scourge of this era, shouldered efficiently its responsibility in this regard, and supported every matter that contributes to maintaining international peace and security.”

The Secretary General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman, also delivered a statement in which he highlighted King Abdullah’s constructive role in supporting Arab causes. He praised the Saudi monarch for his pioneering initiatives to counter crime and terrorism and strengthen dialogue among followers of cultures and religions.

Then, Prince Mohammed chaired the meetings of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers.

At the conclusion of the consultations, a statement was issued detailing the results of the summit. It announced that the 7th Plan of the Arab Strategy to Combat the Illegal Use of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances; the 6th Plan of the Arab Strategy of Combatting Terrorism; and the 3rd Plan of the Arab Strategy for Civil Defense were all adopted.

In the statement, the Council renewed its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and sources. It stated its intention to continue efforts to eradicate terrorism by addressing the causes of the phenomenon, cutting off its funding, going after its perpetrators, and strengthening Arab cooperation in this area. Specifically, it condemned the attack on the Amenas gas complex in Algeria on January 16 and praised the quick response of Algerian authorities.

The Council also denounced the logistical support provided by Iran to terrorists in Yemen and Bahrain, categorically rejecting foreign attempts to undermine the security of Arab states. It praised the counterterrorism efforts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq, praising in particular the Mohammed bin Nayef Center of Advice and Care in the Kingdom.

The Council called upon Arab officials to take advantage of the United Nations Center for Counterterrorism in New York, which was established at the initiative of the Saudi King, and welcomed the establishment of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna. It also lauded the invitation of Iraq to hold a special conference on combatting terrorism in Arab countries.

The statement touched on a number of other issues. It condemned piracy and terrorism in Yemen; confirmed its support for the Palestinian Interior Ministry and its police force; and established an award named after the late Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz.

The Council meeting was attended by Comoros Minister of Interior and Information Ahmed Abdullah; Palestinian Minister of Interior and National Security Dr. Saeed Abu-Ali; Lebanese Minister of Interior and Municipalities Marwan Charbel; Djiboutian Minister of Interior and Decentralization Hassan Darar Hafniyah; Egyptian Minister of Interior Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim; Moroccan Interior Minister Mohand Laenser; Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid; Bahraini Minister of Interior Lt. General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa; Jordanian Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Nufan Al-Ajarma; Qatari Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani; Libyan Minister of Interior Ashour Suleiman Shawayel; Omani Minister of Interior Hamud bin Faisal Al-Busaeidi; Senior Undersecretary of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior Adnan Hadi Al-Assadi; Algerian Minister of Interior Dahu Ould Qabiliyah; Yemeni Minister of Interior Maj. Gen. Dr. Abdulaqader Mohammed Gahtan; Kuwaiti Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Hamoud Al-Sabah; and UAE Minister of Interior Lt. Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.