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Kuwait firmly stands with Saudi Arabia to fight threats – minister

Prince Mohammad bin Nayef
Prince Mohammad bin Nayef

RIYADH, Nov 29, (KUNA): 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 Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said on Tuesday.

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. Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah affirmed his country’s deep ties with Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled made his remarks while meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Muhammad bin Nayef, and on the sidelines of participating in the 35th meeting of the GCC interior ministers in Riyadh. He 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. The meeting was attended by Kuwait’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Thamer Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and the Advisor at the Saudi Crown Prince’s Court Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef. Earlier, Sheikh Mohammad Khaled and the delegation accompanying him left here on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia to head Kuwait’s delegation to the 35th meeting of GCC Interior Ministers Council. A ministry statement said that Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khaled was seen off by a number of senior ministry officials.

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