Iraq neighboring countries adopt 20 recommendations calling for beleaguering sectarian extremism, prevention of extremist sectarian ideologies inciting violence and terrorism

Second Deputy Premier says ignoring fact of close bondage between Iraq’s security and neighbors’ stability, security means everybody’s security is exposed to danger

Prince Naif signs agreement on movement by ID between Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

Prince Naif on National Day: We cherish the memory and principles that made the kingdom an Islamic state resting on strong pillars

The interior ministers of the countries neighboring Iraq have called on Baghdad to form a government as soon as possible and pledged increased cooperation in fighting terrorism.

“The formation of a government representing the different components of Iraqi society is an internal issue to be decided by Iraqi political forces,” the ministers said in a statement which was issued late Wednesday in Bahrain.

However, the quick formation of a government is “a national, regional and international need,” they said at the end of a meeting.

More than six months after Iraq’s inconclusive legislative elections, negotiations on forming a new government have yet to bear fruit.

“The delay in forming a government is the main cause of recent terrorist attacks in Iraq,” the country’s Interior Minister Jawad Bolani told AFP at the meeting.

In a recent major attack, two near-simultaneous car bombs rocked Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 29 people and wounding 111, AFP journalists and security officials said.

Former Premier Iyad Allawi, whose Iraqiya bloc came first in the March polls by two seats, has accused Iran of interfering in Iraq and of attempting to prevent him from becoming prime minister.

In a speech at the Bahrain meeting, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz said: “We are closely following the situation in Iraq and we clearly see gross interference in its internal affairs.”

Noting the amount of time that has elapsed since the legislative elections, Prince Naif said that Iraq “has not gone through a worse period.”

He also expressed hope that the war-torn nation would soon have a government that “works for the sake of Iraq and strengthens its relationships with neighboring countries,” with all Arab and Islamic states, and with the international community.

The ministers decided to set up a team of experts from attending countries “to review security cooperation among them,” according to the statement, and also said they would “exchange information on terrorist activities threatening Iraq and neighboring countries.”

The meeting – the seventh of its kind since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 – was attended by the interior ministers of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain.

Meanwhile, Saudi Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud delivered a speech at the meeting of interior ministers of Iraq's neighboring countries.

In the speech Prince Naif said that the repeated meetings of the interior ministers of Iraq's neighboring countries stress the extent of the close link between security and stability of Iraq and the security and stability of its neighbors, pointing out that overlooking or overriding this historical truth means - unfortunately - putting the security of all countries without exception at risk.

At the same time, while we stand by Iraqi people with all its sects at the same distance, we are always reminding them that the interest of Iraq is in the hands of the Iraqis themselves, he explained.

In his speech at the meeting hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and the Interior Minister added that when the Iraq's neighboring countries stand by the Iraqi people in their problem and help them to recover and regain stability, this means that they are doing their religious, moral and legal duty, pointing to the sacred right of the neighborhood in Islam and the International Legitimacy's binding for not interfering in other countries' affairs at any circumstances.

He reiterated that 'all Iraq's neighboring countries have to work hard to bear their religious, moral and legal responsibilities towards the Iraqi people since they realize that the continuation of the painful situations of the Iraqi people might lead to risks which may not be confined to Iraq alone, but could cover the entire region and the international peace and security by virtue of the importance and sensitivity of this region of the world'.

Turning to another point in his speech, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud expressed strong condemnation of the bombing attack targeting today the security in Iran, resulting in a number of victims, confirming that these terrorist acts are unacceptable.

'We stand by the sister Iran with all our security capabilities to help to arrest the culprits and we hope that the Iranian security authorities can identify, arrest and subject them to justice to be punished sooner', the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior added.

In his speech, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also expressed strong condemnation of all attempts to breach of the security in the Kingdom of Bahrain and to create chaos there, praising the ability and efficiency of the Bahraini security services which were able to thwart this obnoxious trend and arrest those who were behind it.

'We are fully ready to cooperate with the fraternal Bahrain with all our potentials', he stressed.

Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud concluded his speech wishing that an international cooperation might be realized to access to the sources of these terrorists and terminate them fully in order to stop such terrorism, expressing sorrow that some of the culprits are Arab and Muslims who either misled or misleading.

Prince Naif had been received at Al-Sukhair palace in Manama by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

At the outset of the audience, the monarch welcomed the ministers in their second country, Bahrain, wishing them a good stay and their meeting every success.

For their part, they conveyed to the King the greetings of their countries' leaders. For his part, King of Bahrain sent his greetings to them.

He was briefed on the agenda of the meeting.

The audience was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz; Prince Fahd bin Naif bin Abdulaziz; Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz's official delegation and Dr. Mohammed Ali Kuman, Secretary General of Arab Interior Ministers Council.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif and Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, Minister of Interior of the State of Kuwait signed the joint statement of the mechanism of implementing the movement by the personal identity card (the national identity) between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

In a statement following the signing, Prince Naif said: 'This signed joint statement pleases all Kuwaiti and Saudi citizens, and facilitates the movement of the nationals of both countries without any restriction'.

It is worth mentioned that the Saudi delegation to the 7th meeting of the interior ministers of Iraq's neighboring countries is led by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and the Interior Minister.

On the other hand, Prince Naif forwarded his sincere felicitations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, on the 80th anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which falls on 23rd of September.

In a speech to TV news to mark the occasion, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz recalled that the founder of the Kingdom, late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, has spent more than 20 years in an endeavor to unify the once-fragmented country.

He said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been built on the pillars of a true Islamic state.

He recalled that the founder of the country was much interested in security and education of the country after having achieved its unity.

He vowed that Saudi Arabia would knock every door for science and education of its people, citing the educational achievements of today.

He expressed pride that, in comparison to the outside world which suffers from disorders and economic crises, the Kingdom currently enjoys the best security and economic situations ever.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif received on Sunday evening U.S. Assistant to the U.S. President for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism, John Brennan.

At the outset of the meeting, Prince Naif welcomed the U.S. official and the accompanying delegation, and they exchanged cordial talks and discussed issues of common interest between the two countries.

Prince Naif and Brennan commended friendly relations and continuing cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America and friendly ties between the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud and President Barack Obama.

The meeting focused on the need to combat terrorism and to establish a strong and fruitful cooperation to reduce the spread of phenomenon of terrorism in all countries in the world, especially in the Middle East, and focused on the importance of working together to fight al-Qaeda and its terror.

At the end of the meeting, Prince Naif said, 'I offer my thanks and the thanks of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for the positive cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America. We would like to thank U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom and the staff of the Embassy of the United States for sincere cooperation in the issues of security and countering terrorism, and we look forward for more cooperation.'

On his part, the U.S. official thanked Prince Naif for the opportunity to meet him and for the confidence, friendship and continuing cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism.

Brennan commended the efforts being made by Saudi security forces and their successes achieved in the reduction of terrorist attacks in the Kingdom, also praising cooperation between the Saudi and U.S. security bodies in the exchange of security information in accordance with security agreements signed between the two countries.

He also praised the efforts made by Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs and his continuing directives to security authorities, which have led to the achievement of great successes at the security level.

The meeting was attended by Prince Mohammed Ibn Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs, a number of senior officials of Ministry of Interior and U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia James Smith.