Second Deputy Premier chairs joint meeting of Arab interior, justice ministers in Cairo

Prince Naif: We have to fight terrorism, crime and corruption

Prince Muqrin patronizes ceremonies to launch special security unit The Falcons

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior and the Honorary President of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, chaired the joint meeting of the Arab Justice and Interior Ministers Councils.

The delegation of the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the meeting was led by the Minister of Justice Dr. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Essa.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz delivered a speech in which he welcomed the Secretary General of Arab League, Arab Ministers of Interior and Justice, Secretary General of Arab Interior Ministers Council and Guests.

He said that this blessed meeting embodies the spirit of joint Arab solidarity and cooperation, pointing out that 'the Arab nation hopes it would contribute to the expanding horizons of cooperation and coordination between our countries in the areas of bringing about security and justice and anti-crime fight '.

'We also hope that this meeting leads to the activation of all resolutions and conventions related to strengthening the security and safety of the Arab citizen, and the preservation of the stability, justice and fairness in our countries', the Second Deputy Premier added.

'Dear brothers, at the beginning of this meeting which gathers us here on the land of the Arab Republic of Egypt with its leadership role in supporting and strengthening Arab solidarity and cooperation, I would like to extend on my own name and on behalf of all of you my sincere thanks to and high appreciation of His Excellency President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak of the Arab Republic of Egypt, his Government and the brotherly people of Egypt, for the warm hospitality and good reception being accorded to us', Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said.

'Our thanks also go to His Excellency the Egyptian Minister of Interior Major General Habib Ibrahim El Adly; His Excellency Mamdouh Mohiuddin Marei, Egyptian Minister of Justice, for their efforts to ensure the success of this meeting', he added.

The Second Deputy Premier also extended thanks to His Excellency Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, and all staff in the secretariats of the Interior and Justice Ministers Council for their efforts in preparing this meeting.

In his speech, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said that he was graced to convey to the conferees, the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and their support for all sound resolutions resulting from this meeting in the service of the interests of 'our countries and Arab peoples' and in contribution to the strengthening of regional and international security and stability, within the framework of the Kingdom's firm positions for every effort to achieve Arab nation pride, happiness and stability.

You know the fact that the development, construction, and prosperity of human societies are based primarily on providing an environment free of terror, crime and corruption. These dangerous trio must be fought relentlessly to ensure the safety and security of communities, since the stability, renaissance, pride of the nation in its present and future depend primarily on the provision of security and justice, the Second Deputy Premier made clear.

He went on to say that 'to this noble end, you hold this meeting in which we seek and strive to maintain the grace of security and stability in our nation and for Arab peoples.

Brothers, our countries had the honor to organize their efforts and promote their joint cooperation in security fields and different jurisdictions to address the crime of terrorism.

He referred to the adoption of the Arab Convention for anti-terrorism during the meeting of the Councils of Ministers of the Interior and of Justice at Arab League in Cairo in 1998.

This convention was an Arab and international scoop in anti-terrorism before the world witnesses the growing phenomenon of terrorism, stirring all countries to mobilize their efforts to address this global phenomenon, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said.

He pointed out that this agreement was the solid base from which the efforts of Arab countries launched to confront terrorism and crime in general, where a similar meeting between the Councils of Arab Interior Ministers and of Information Ministers was held in the framework of joint Arab action, stressing that it was also the pledge of our countries to put an end to the phenomenon of terrorism at various levels and fields to save our societies from the effects of this heinous crime.

Through this meeting and at this high level of responsibility, we give top priority to our Arab security in its comprehensive concept basically represented in the activation of agreements previously agreed upon on fighting organized crime in all forms, strengthening cooperation between the Councils of Ministers of the Interior and Justice, and evaluating all efforts exerted to implement these conventions in addition to discussing areas of strengthening Arab and international cooperation in the fight against crime that threatens the international security and stability, the Second Deputy Premier said.

He also added that in addition to strengthening the bonds of cooperation between the relevant security and justice agencies and the citizens, exchanging experiences and expertise, discussing areas of the development of regulations and procedures relating to the control on crimes and prosecuting their perpetrators and drying the sources and funding of terrorist ideology as well as foiling the plans of terrorists.

In his speech, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud noted the importance of fortifying the Arab societies against crime and delinquency, since the Islamic Sharia and the indigenous ethical values are fighting corruption, rejecting violence and urging cooperation in righteousness and piety in addition to protecting lives and property from attack and abuse.

In conclusion, he appealed to God Almighty to grant success to the meeting to contribute to the maintenance of the Arab security and achieve the aspirations of the leaders of Arab countries and peoples and to enhance security and regional and global stability.

Following that, the Ministers of the Interior and of Justice signed five joint conventions which were already adopted by both Councils.

These are the Arab Convention against money laundering and the financing of terrorism; the Arab Convention against Corruption; the Arab Convention to combat organized crime across national borders; the Arab Convention to Combat Crimes of Information Technology and the Arab Convention for the transfer of inmates of penal and correctional institutions.

Meanwhile, Prince Muqrin, director of intelligence, launched a special security unit named The Falcons under his department and said the new force would carry out its duties in a professional manner.

Speaking to reporters after the launching ceremony at the department’s institute in Muzahamiya, he highlighted the cooperation between the Interior Ministry and the country’s intelligence force.

“There is unlimited cooperation between our two forces because our aims are the same,” Prince Muqrin said. He said the Saudi leadership wanted to induct professionalism to intelligence officers. “They should be well-equipped and well-trained to confront terrorism,” the intelligence chief said.

Prince Muqrin highlighted the experience achieved by Saudi security forces in defeating terrorists. “We have the leadership and men as well as the necessary technology to defeat any terrorist operation.”

Asked about the link between terrorists and foreign parties, he said: “Terrorism has become an international phenomenon. It has no religion or nationality.” He denounced the move to link terrorism with Islam. “Islam is a religion of peace. It has nothing to do with terrorism,” he pointed out.

Prince Muqrin and other senior officials later watched a demonstration by the newly formed Falcon force on fighting terrorism and other crimes. They also displayed their various modern equipment and tactics.