GCC officials stress importance of ‘Gulf Security One’ drill
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