Prince Nayef proposes Arab Strategy for Intellectual Security

March 18, 2010

The 27th session of the Arab Interior Ministers Council was concluded in Tunis yesterday, following two days of deliberations. Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who is Honorary President of the Council, led the Kingdom’s delegation to the meeting.

Addressing his fellow ministers, Prince Nayef warned that “intellectual deviation” is one of the most serious problems facing the Arab world. Subsequently, the Saudi delegation presented a paper on a proposed Arab Strategy for Intellectual Security, which outlined ways in which to immunize the region’s people from extremist ideologies. In a press statement following the conclusion of the session, Prince Nayef explained, “Through our field experiences, we have found that security work alone is not enough to fight back against the deviants in Arab and Islamic societies,” adding that intellectual efforts should accompany the security work.

Before departing Tunisia, Prince Nayef held separate meetings with Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali; Yemeni Minister of Interior Maj. Gen. Mutahar Rashad Al-Masri; and Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad Al-Bolani. Prince Nayef was accompanied on the trip by Prince Fahd bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz.