GCC In­te­rior Min­is­ters dis­cuss re­gional se­cu­rity chal­lenges

Drugs desta­bi­liz­ing fac­tor in re­gion: Sheikh Mo­ham­mad

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

DOHA: The Mid­dle East re­gion is see­ing vast and rapid se­cu­rity chal­lenges that are be­ing man­i­fested in in­creas­ing ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, Qatari Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Nasser bin Khal­ifa Al-Thani said, as the 34th con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing of the GCC Min­is­ters of In­te­rior con­vened in Doha yes­ter­day.

The Qatari Min­is­ter pointed out in his speech that due to the grow­ing epi­demic of ter­ror­ism, there should be a col­lec­tive and ma­jor re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the sta­bil­ity and safety of the Gulf re­gion. Ter­ror­ism, he em­pha­sized, has noth­ing to do with all val­ues and lessons of Is­lam; it only aims at de­con­struct­ing and desta­bi­liz­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

None­the­less, the GCC coun­tries have taken se­cu­rity mea­sures and pre­cau­tions to stand against this hor­rific phe­nom­e­non, re­it­er­at­ing the GCC coun­tries’ sup­port to any re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to put an end to ter­ror­ism.

Global co­op­er­a­tion

He also called on in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to en­hance global co­op­er­a­tion by co­or­di­nat­ing with all se­cu­rity bod­ies world­wide in ac­cor­dance with the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion 2199 of 2015 which af­firms “ter­ror­ism in all forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions con­sti­tutes one of the most se­ri­ous threats to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity and that any acts of ter­ror­ism are crim­i­nal and un­jus­ti­fi­able re­gard­less of their mo­ti­va­tions, when­ever and by whom­so­ever com­mit­ted.

He stressed “the need to com­bat by all means, in ac­cor­dance with the Char­ter of the United Na­tions and in­ter­na­tional law, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ca­ble in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights, refugee, and hu­man­i­tar­ian law, threats to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity caused by ter­ror­ist acts, stress­ing in this re­gard the im­por­tant role the United Na­tions plays in lead­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing this ef­fort.”

De­con­struc­tive thoughts

Mean­while, GCC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dr Ab­dul­latif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said in his re­mark to the as­sem­bly that in­de­pen­dent me­dia out­lets play a role in spread­ing de­con­struc­tive thoughts which lure young peo­ple to dis­man­tle na­tional unity.

Zayani lauded se­cu­rity bod­ies in Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Bahrain for ex­ert­ing tremen­dous ef­forts to foil ter­ror­ist cells’ ac­tiv­i­ties in smug­gling and stor­ing heavy weapon­ries. He stressed the re­gion’s safety is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of its lead­ers who should fol­low up with se­cu­rity is­sues in their coun­tries and who should have a con­struc­tive di­a­logue with their peo­ple to en­cour­age them to take part in safe­guard­ing their coun­tries as well.

Drugs

Dur­ing his ad­dress to the meet­ing, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah said that drugs are another desta­bi­liz­ing fac­tor to se­cu­rity in the re­gion, along with ter­ror­ism and smug­gling weapons and am­mu­ni­tions. He said that the meet­ing pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to study se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the Gulf re­gion, as civil wars, sec­to­rial and eth­nic con­flicts ig­nite around it.

He pointed out that ter­ror­ism is hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where, mak­ing ref­er­ence to the lat­est ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Le­banon and France. He added that ter­ror­ism does not dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween Mus­lims and non-Mus­lims; it tar­gets all and seeks blood­shed world­wide.

He stressed that the newly es­tab­lished Gulf Po­lice Ap­pa­ra­tus should help se­cure the GCC coun­tries through ex­change of se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion.

Sen­si­tive time

Sheikh Mo­ham­mad had af­firmed upon ar­rival to Doha that the meet­ing was held “at very sen­si­tive time con­sid­er­ing rapid re­gional de­vel­op­ments.” In re­marks to KUNA, the min­is­ter af­firmed that these spates of events “are pos­ing threats to our peo­ples and higher in­ter­ests of our states as well as our civil, eco­nomic and cul­tural ac­com­plish­ments.”

“The ob­jec­tive we are ro­bustly seek­ing to at­tain is se­cu­rity of the re­gion and peo­ples and this war­rants re­lent­less ef­fort now and in the fu­ture to face this ag­gres­sion of dark­ness that seeks to bring us back to the times of neg­li­gence and back­ward­ness, which we will not al­low to hap­pen at all,” he said.

— KUNA

DOHA: Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled AlSabah at­tends the 34th con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing of the GCC Min­is­ters of In­te­rior.

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