Kuwait stands by Saudi Ara­bia to fight threats: In­te­rior Min­is­ter

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RIYADH: Kuwait firmly stands in sol­i­dar­ity with Saudi Ara­bia in its ef­forts to stave off all threats and safe­guard sacro­sanct Mus­lim sites, Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled AlHa­mad Al-Sabah said yes­ter­day.

These re­marks were made in a speech by the Kuwait min­is­ter dur­ing the 35th meet­ing of Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) In­te­rior Min­is­ters, presided over by Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Prince Mo­ham­mad bin Nayef.

More­over, on the meet­ing, he said that it is “part of reg­u­lar dis­cus­sions to re­view progress made in se­cu­rity is­sues of mu­tual con­cern, which call for in­creased co­op­er­a­tion and ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion-mak­ing.”

Speak­ing on re­gional con­di­tions, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled said that it would be­hoove GCC na­tions to be ex­tra cau­tious, as “cur­rent chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles re­quire us to forge a con­certed stance in a volatile junc­ture that the world is go­ing through.”

“Ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism rep­re­sent a grave threat that risk tear­ing apart na­tions in our re­gion,” the Kuwaiti Min­is­ter of In­te­rior said, un­der­scor­ing the need to ratchet up se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion on the part of GCC na­tions. He also thanked GCC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ab­dul­latif Al-Zayani for ex­pend­ing ef­forts to or­ga­nize such meet­ings, which prove cru­cial and in­stru­men­tal to joint work.

Sim­i­larly, the Saudi In­te­rior Min­is­ter un­der­scored GCC na­tions’ pro­found ca­pa­bil­i­ties to over­come any se­cu­rity chal­lenges and threats in the re­gion.

With its prox­im­ity to con­flict-rid­den na­tions, the GCC has been able to pre­serve its se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity, he added. The meet­ing fea­tured talks over the lat­est se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion as well as strate­gies to bol­ster GCC co­op­er­a­tion in that realm.

Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled later met with Prince Mo­ham­mad bin Nayef, dur­ing which he af­firmed his coun­try’s deep ties with Saudi Ara­bia, and stressed the im­por­tance of bol­ster­ing Kuwaiti-Saudi se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion, ex­chang­ing mu­tual in­for­ma­tion and se­cu­rity ex­per­tise among all GCC coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly in light of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion.

The two sides dis­cussed ways to boost mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in the se­cu­rity field, in­clud­ing co­or­di­na­tion, ex­change of in­for­ma­tion, ex­pand se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion prospect be­tween the two coun­tries, and cre­ate in­te­gra­tion be­tween GCC coun­tries in or­der to achieve se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity for the re­gion’s peo­ple.

Shortly fol­low­ing his ar­rival in Saudi Ara­bia, Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled said that it is im­per­a­tive for the GCC mem­ber states to fur­ther pro­mote and prop up their se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion and in­te­gra­tion.

Stress­ing that the GCC mem­ber states will con­sol­i­date their se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion in or­der to main­tain sta­bil­ity and ad­dress swift re­gional de­vel­op­ments, he in­di­cated that the meet­ing comes at a time when the re­gion is wit­ness­ing crit­i­cal se­cu­rity risks that pose a threat to the na­tional in­ter­ests of the GCC coun­tries. — KUNA

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah meets with Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Prince Mo­ham­mad bin Nayef.

RIYADH: Kuwait’s In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah (third from right) is pic­tured among par­tic­i­pants in the 35th meet­ing of Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) In­te­rior Min­is­ters meet­ing. — KUNA

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and In­te­rior Min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah at­tends the meet­ing.

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