Kuwait stands by Saudi Arabia to fight threats: Interior Minister
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.