GCC In­te­rior Un­der­sec­re­taries be­gin meet­ing

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

DOHA: A sched­uled meet­ing of GCC in­te­rior un­der­sec­re­taries got un­der­way yes­ter­day, with the of­fi­cials tasked of preparing for an up­com­ing meet­ing at the min­is­te­rial level. Ma­jor Gen­eral Saad bin Jas­sim Al Khu­laifi, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Depart­ment at Qatar’s Min­istry of In­te­rior, af­firmed in the open­ing state­ment that the un­der­sec­re­taries got to­gether to pre­pare for the forth­com­ing min­is­te­rial meet­ing, in­di­cat­ing they would dis­cuss plans for com­bat­ing var­i­ous forms of crime and ter­ror­ism “man­i­fes­ta­tions of which have mul­ti­plied claim­ing in­no­cent lives, an­ni­hi­lat­ing prop­er­ties, as­sets, breach­ing peo­ples’ honor, sanc­tity of re­li­gions and wor­ship sites. This sit­u­a­tion prompts us to ex­am­ine the very sig­nif­i­cant think­ing process that pre­cedes crim­i­nal ac­tion.”

The Qatari of­fi­cial noted in this re­spect need for col­lec­tive ac­tion and ef­forts at the GCC level, through co­or­di­na­tion among var­i­ous seg­ments of GCC so­ci­eties to guide the youth about chal­lenges and dan­gers.

He called for re­vis­ing leg­is­la­tions in GCC coun­tries to com­bat ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism and ac­ti­vate joint se­cu­rity pacts for “con­fronting sur­round­ing dan­gers on ba­sis of our re­li­gious, moral­is­tic and hu­man­i­tar­ian prin­ci­ples.”

Warn­ing that per­ils threat­en­ing GCC coun­tries are not ex­pected to dis­ap­pear soon, Maj. Gen. Al Khu­laifi called for closer inter-GCC co­op­er­a­tion to fight crime, ex­change and em­ploy ex­per­tise and de­velop joint se­cu­rity pro­grams.

Mean­while, GCC As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for Se­cu­rity Af­fairs Hazza’a Al-Ha­jri said the meet­ing agenda in­cludes fol­low-up on im­ple­men­ta­tion of GCC in­te­rior min­is­ters’ de­ci­sions at their 33rd meet­ing, held in Kuwait last year, and fol­low­ing up on their de­ci­sions at a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing hosted by Qatar last April. The Kuwaiti del­e­ga­tion tak­ing part in the meet­ing is headed by In­te­rior Un­der­sec­re­tary Lt Gen Su­laiman Al-Fa­had.

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