Prince Nayef leads delegation to Iraqi Neighbors’ Meeting

October 15, 2009

Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 6th Iraqi Neighbors’ Meeting held in Sharm Al-Sheikh, Egypt yesterday. Under the chairmanship of Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Al-Adli, the gathering brought together interior ministers from several Middle Eastern countries, as well as representatives from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League.

Addressing the gathering, Prince Nayef stressed the importance of supporting Iraq’s stabilization, while not infringing upon its sovereignty. He also called upon Iraq’s neighbors not to provide refuge or safe passage to terrorists.

After the meeting concluded, a communiqué was issued by the interior ministers of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt. The participants underscored the importance of respecting Iraq’s integrity, independence and Arab and Islamic identity. They lauded recent security achievements, describing them as paving the way for political reforms and development, while condemning the recent series of deadly bombings. Finally, the ministers called for the activation of the security cooperation signed between Iraq and its neighbors in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2006.

Prince Nayef also met yesterday with Interior Minister Al-Adli in order to sign two Saudi-Egyptian security agreements. The first dealt with the transfer of convicted prisoners, while the second aimed at strengthening cooperation against drug-smuggling and money laundering.

After concluding his official business, Prince Nayef departed Egypt today.