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GCC agrees on measures against terrorist organisations

Riyadh meeting reviews ways to implement ministers’ decisions

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Dubai: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have reached “a full agreement” on measures to be taken against all terrorist organisations, a senior Kuwaiti security official has said.

“The GCC security officials agreed on a set of recommendations and suggestions aiming to ensure security and stability in the GCC member states,” Interior Ministry Undersecretary Ghazy Al Omar told the Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) following a meeting of the undersecretaries of the GCC interior ministries in Riyadh on Sunday.

The official stressed the significance of unifying security positions and policies and executive security plans and measures by the GCC member states to handle regional events and changes, Kuna said.

The recommendations will be presented to interior ministers at a meeting in Bahrain for further discussions, the Kuwaiti security official added.

The recommendations include measures by all GCC member states to control terrorist organisations, he said.

Precautionary moves will be taken to confront all potential risks and perils to the security and stability of the GCC member states, Al Oamr said.

Earlier, Bahrain’s Interior Ministry Undersecretary Khalid Al Absi said that the GCC undersecretaries would review the implementation of measures against Lebanese group Hezbollah members and supporters in the GCC.

The alliance, established in 1981, groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Al Absi said that the extraordinary meeting would look into ways to implement the decisions of the GCC ministerial council on taking measures against the interests of Hezbollah in the Gulf countries.

The Bahraini official said that the meeting would address the proposals and recommendations submitted on July 10 by a team of experts in financial operations and anti-terrorism and ways to put them into practice.

He added that Bahrain had started drafting legislation against terrorist activities and taking stringent measures to protect society from criminal actions.

These included issuing two decrees and a ministerial decision on raising funds and on amending laws to stiffen punitive action to protect society from acts of terrorism, he said.

The ministerial decision regulated the contacts that political societies could have with foreign political organisations, the official said.

Al Absi in his statement to Kuna referred to the decision by the European Union foreign ministers to place Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organisations, saying that it reflected the illegal aspects of its activities in Syria and in any other country.

The official said that he looked forward to the adoption by the meeting of recommendations and measures that would empower the GCC.


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