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GCC to draft common rules to fight terror

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The Peninsula

An expert committee appointed by the GCC countries has prepared extensive rules and regulations for preparing a blacklist of terrorist organisations and individuals. The criteria are waiting for approval by the authorities and would be implemented soon after to counter terrorist threats to member countries from within and outside.

Qatar’s Prime Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, who also holds the key Interior Ministry portfolio, told a meeting of Interior Ministers from the GCC states, which kicked off here yesterday, that terrorism a major security challenge faced by the GCC states.

This is the 16th Consultative Meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers. The PM said he hoped that the meet would contribute to progress on joint action to implement the directives of GCC leaders calling for more accomplishments to further boost GCC growth and achieve security, stability and prosperity. The PM presided over the meeting, Qatar News Agency reports.

Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Head of the Council of the Political and Security Affairs, are attending the meet.

The PM said the meet is being held under exceptional circumstances and unprecedented challenges facing the GCC and the entire Arab region, and commended the decision by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to launch Operation Decisive Storm.

“We look forward to achieving the lofty goals set by our leaders to promote and develop the security systems in our countries through a futuristic vision that can deal with serious security challenges facing GCC security agencies.”

He said terrorism is one of the most serious crimes faced by the GCC countries and the whole world, pointing to recent attack on a security patrol in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which led to the martyrdom of two Saudi soldiers, as well as a bomb blast in the village of Karana in Bahrain which injured two police officers.

“We stand by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in facing all acts of violence which aimed at destabilizing security and stability not only in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia but also in other Arab Gulf states.”

The UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan also spoke and congratulated the GCC leaders for the success of Operation Decisive Storm.

Bahrain’s Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa lauded Operation Decisive Storm as a “legitimate process that all Arabs agreed upon, was backed by international legitimacy and succeeded before its beginning.”