Arab interior ministers council meeting concluded in Tunisia

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President Zine El-Abidine ben Ali of the Republic of Tunisia received at the presidential palace in Tunis Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Interior Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Honorary President of the Arab Interior Ministers Council.

At the outset of the meeting, ben Ali welcomed Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz in his second country: Tunisia.

In his capacity as Chairman of the Senate of the Riyadh-based Prince Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz presented a replica of the university as a gift to the President in recognition to his efforts in promoting Arab security action and contributing to the enhancement of the university.

The meeting was attended by Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz and senior protocol officials. On the Tunisian side, the Minister of Interior and Domestic Development Rafiq Belhaj Qasem was also present.

In a press statement following the meeting, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Interior Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Honorary President of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, said he conveyed the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, to President Zine El-Abidine ben Ali of the Republic of Tunisia, lauding the strong ties binding the Kingdom and Tunisia.

Prince Naif expressed pleasure of having met the President who, he said, showed great interest in his second country: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is now in its best shape in all aspects of political, economic and constructional growth, he told the media representatives.

He said he conveyed to President ben Ali the greetings of his colleagues the Arab Interior Ministers who are taking part in the 27th conference for his interest in the work of the Council. He said President ben Ali made a good speech not only on relations between his country and Saudi Arabia, but also on the situation at the Arab level.

The 27th Session of Arab Interior Ministers' Council was concluded in the Tunisian capital Tunis this week.

The Kingdom's delegation to the session was led by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers.

Addressing the closing session, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz thanked, on behalf of his name and the Ministers, the chairmanship of the conference for the smooth steering of the meetings, and for what it did to serve Arab security and citizen.

He also thanked the Secretariat General of Arab Interior Ministers Council, notably, the Secretary General, Mohammed bin Ali Kuman for well prepared organization of the Council's works.

Prince Naif extended thanks to the Republic of Tunisia, its President, government and people as well as the Tunisian Minister of Interior and Local Development.

Later, the current chairman of this session expressed thanks to and appreciation of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz for supporting the Council's activities, valuing the efforts Prince Naif accorded to the joint Arab security.

Prince Naif graced a luncheon held by Tunisian Minister of Interior and Domestic Development Rafiq Balhaj Qasem in Tunis in honor of participants of the 27th meeting for Arab Interior Ministers Council.

The banquet was attended by Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz; Saudi ambassador to Tunisia Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Muammar, Secretary General of the Arab Interior Ministers Council Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman and senior officials from the two sides.

Arab interior ministers have carefully studied the report prepared by Prince Naif on the activities of Riyadh-based Naif Arab University for Security Sciences for the year 2009.

The report shed light on the achievements attained by the University as regards development of performance of persons working at the Arab security organs.

The report pointed out to studies and researches conducted by the University through its studies and research center in addition to the programs of doctorate, master and diploma degrees at the University's faculty of higher studies.

The university is participating in the meeting of the Arab interior ministers through a delegation led by the University President Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi.

Prince Naif received at his residence in Tunis on Tuesday, Iraqi Minister of Interior Jawad Al-Bulani.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed the security matters of concern to the two brotherly countries.

The meeting was attended by Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz; Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Salem and a number of Interior Ministry's officials.

Prince Naif also received at the headquarters of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Tunis the Minister of Interior of Syria Major General Saeed Mohammed Somoor.

During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talk and what concerns the two ministries of interior of the two countries. The audience was attended by Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz and senior protocol officials.

The Arab League commended the efforts exerted by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, who is also Honorary President of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, and Arab Interior Ministers in strengthening Arab security and achieving comprehensive security in the Arab region.

On behalf of the Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa, the Assistant Secretary General of the League and Head of its Center in Tunisia Al-Shadhli Al-Nafati read the speech of Moussa at the 27th session of the Council currently in progress in Tunisia, in which he praised the efforts exerted by the Secretariat General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, and the various bodies of the Council.

Prior to his departure for Tunis, Prince Naif said the Arab Interior Ministers Council would discuss all matters concerning the security situation and will approve a strategy for intellectual security.

He commented on the conception that meetings of the Arab interior ministers aim at bolstering the security of the political regimes saying, 'This is has been said before unfortunately. But, it is untrue. We are holding the 27th meeting and I challenge anyone to come up with one decision concerning the security of the leaderships or the security of the political regimes. All decisions taken by the interior ministers concern the security of Arab citizens in all fields and the development of security agencies and cooperation among them.'

In reply to a question on Saudi authorities' intention to take precautionary measures to check procedures of travel by some young people to neighboring countries, Prince Naif said, 'We don't prevent anyone except the suspected in this matter...Parents and families should care for their young, should not let them go alone and should accompany them. This is the best.’