GCC of­fi­cials stress im­por­tance of ‘Gulf Se­cu­rity One’ drill

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

The ap­par­ent suc­cess of the ‘Gulf Se­cu­rity One’ drill is a tes­ta­ment of the con­tin­ued co­op­er­a­tion among GCC na­tions within the realms of de­fense and se­cu­rity, af­firmed a num­ber of of­fi­cials par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­er­cise yes­ter­day. Gulf se­cu­rity of­fi­cials agreed in sep­a­rate state­ments that the drill had sharp­ened the skills of par­tic­i­pat­ing forces.

Bahrain’s Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Ha­mad Mo­hammed Al-Khal­ifa said that the drill en­abled GCC se­cu­rity forces to co­op­er­ate with each other to face com­mon hy­po­thet­i­cal threats. The suc­cess of the drill is a source of pride for the elite se­cu­rity forces in the re­gion, af­firmed the Bahraini of­fi­cial.

Mean­while, Kuwait’s Colonel Ab­dul­lah Al-Ateeqi said that his coun­try was very keen on par­tak­ing in the se­cu­rity event, say­ing that the safety and welfare of the re­gion were con­nected to that of Kuwait. The se­cu­rity drill sim­u­lated a sit­u­a­tion where land, wa­ter, and air as­saults were be­ing launched, said the Kuwaiti of­fi­cial, who af­firmed that par­tic­i­pat­ing per­son­nel de­fused the threats and re­solved the crises ad­e­quately.

Speak­ing on the im­por­tance of the drill, Saudi rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bri­gadier Ah­mad AlAsiri said that re­gional se­cu­rity threats re­quired GCC coun­tries to hold such ex­er­cises to de­fend the lives of their cit­i­zens. Ter­ror­ism, or­ga­nized crime, and other threats re­quired a more co­or­di­na­tive ef­fort to fend of chal­lenges that might face the Gulf States, said the Saudi of­fi­cial.

The ‘Gulf Se­cu­rity One’ ex­er­cise will con­clude to­mor­row with a cer­e­mony to be at­tended by Bahraini King Ha­mad Bin Issa Al-Khal­ifa. Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of In­te­rior Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah and other GCC se­cu­rity of­fi­cials will also be at­tend­ing. —KUNA

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