Criminals using new methods to carry out terrorism, crimes ‘Travel by smart cards a historic achievement’

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 2, (KUNA): Minister of Interior Lieutenant General Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah (ret), addressing a meeting of his GCC counterparts here Monday, said the meeting was being held at special moments that “pose great danger” which required more cooperation “with a sophisticated security mind.” Addressing the two-day meeting of the Interior Ministers of the six Arab Gulf countries, Sheikh Jaber said the region was witnessing an increasing rate of crimes and use of new methods to carry out terrorist acts, organized crime, trafficking and dealing with drugs.
Sheikh Jaber, who conveyed greetings of the Kuwaiti leaderships to the ministers, commended the GCC countries for the security cooperation, citing the establishment of the center of criminal information which was designed to fighting narcotics.
He hoped collaboration would be further upgraded to realize a fully-integrated security regime which would see completion of a project that will link interior ministries with a secured communication channel.
Sheikh Jaber underlined importance of upgrading the security agreement, and said the conflicts and terrorist plots in the region were accelerating thus threatening “security and stability of our countries, which compel us to join hands, peoples and governments, to confront all attempts to undermine our security.” The Kuwaiti Interior Minister commended Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for thwarting terrorist attacks.
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz said security in the Gulf region has been witnessing many challenges which needed collective efforts.
Prince Nayef, also Second Deputy Premier, said the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries were in harmony at the religious, political, intellectual and economic levels. “These factors are the key pillars towards a promising future. “ Bahraini Interior Minister General Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa thanked the GCC countries for their support of the Kingdom’s security and measures to confronting terrorism.
Sheikh Jaber said GCC citizens’ traveling between the six GCC countries with the identification smart cards was one of the “historic” achievements for the Arab Gulf states.
Sheikh Jaber, speaking to KUNA on sidelines of his reception of GCC Interior Ministers meeting, said approving usage of smart cards to travel between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia was implemented in a record time.
The interior ministers work very hard to protect and facilitate life of GCC citizen, he said.
GCC Secretary General Abdulrahamn Al-Attiyah, meanwhile, congratulated Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for allowing citizens to use smart cards instead of passports to travel between the two neighboring countries.
The ministers will be discussing a report on the criminal information center and regional security developments, he said.
Al-Attiyah said the outcome of the meetings will be referred to the GCC leaders, who will meet in Abu Dhabi next month.
The ministers will also discuss the Qatari candidate for the post of Assistant Secretary General for Security Affairs. The candidate was approved by Interior Undersecretaries.
The top officials, said Al-Attiyah, would also discuss relations with Yemen, outcome of the Friends of Yemen meeting in New york and the security situation in Yemen.

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