Crown Prince Naif takes up with Qatari PM, Kuwaiti interior minister regional scene

GCC defense ministers discuss in Abu Dhabi conference strengthening march of cooperation

Defense ministers of the GCC underline importance of building early warning system to face ballistic missiles

Defense Minister Prince Salman invites GCC counterparts to hold next meeting in Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, received at his office at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh visiting Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Ahmed Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah.

At the outset of the meeting, Alsabah conveyed to the Crown Prince the greetings of Sheikh Sabah Alahmed Aljaber, Emir of Kuwait, and his Crown Prince to the Saudi leadership. In turn, Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sent the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the Kuwaiti leadership.

During the audience, issues of mutual concern to the two countries and the latest developments in the Arab, regional and international arenas were reviewed.

The meeting was attended by Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior, Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Chief of the Crown Prince's Court and Special Secretary to the Crown Prince and senior protocol officials.

Prince Naif also received Abdulaziz bin Saud Al-Babtain and a number of Kuwaiti senior officials and businessmen who came to greet him.

The Crown Prince expressed thanks and appreciation of them for their noble feelings, wishing them permanent good health and happiness and the Kuwaiti leadership and people steady progress and prosperity.

During the audience, they exchanged cordial talks and reviewed distinguished relations between the two friendly countries.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Head of the Crown Prince's Court and Special Adviser to the Crown Prince in addition to Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Rubaiaan, Private Secretary to the Crown Prince.

Prince Naif also received at his office at the Royal Court in Al Yamamah Palace Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, who currently on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

At the outset of the audience, the Qatari Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs conveyed to the Crown Prince the greetings of Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

In return, the Crown Prince extended the greetings and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

During the meeting, the Crown Prince and Qatari Premier discussed issues of common interest between the two brotherly countries and the latest developments in the Arab, regional and international arenas.

The meeting was attended Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Chief of the Crown Prince's Court and Special Advisor to the Crown Prince; Abdulrahman bin Ali Al-Rubaiaan, Private Secretary to the Crown Prince; Qatar's Ambassador to the Kingdom Ali bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud and a number of officials.

In Abu Dhabi, Ministers of Defense of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states concluded the 10th meeting of the Joint Defense Council.

As successor of late Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, addressed the meeting, pointing to the fact that all participants are, no doubt, revering for what Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz did for the Saudi Armed Forces and to serve the aspirations of both, the leaders and the peoples, of the GCC.

He also thanked the host country for the hospitality and generosity accorded to the guests. Prince Salman invited GCC counterparts to hold their next meeting in Saudi Arabia, wishing them all success.

The Saudi Minister of Defense conveyed gratitude and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Supreme Commander of all military sectors, and the Crown Prince, to the participants in the meeting.

Defense ministers of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council held a meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and decided to strengthen the group's joint defense systems in the face of increasing threats to member countries.

The ministers discussed the challenges being faced by navigation in the Arabian Gulf, Oman Sea and Red Sea and what must be done to ensure marine security. They decided to set up a GCC marine security coordination center in Manama.

“They emphasized the need to build a joint defense system by integrating and developing defense systems of GCC armed forces,” said an official statement carried by the SPA. “This is the realistic option before the GCC to protect its security, stability, sovereignty and resources,” the statement added.

The six countries will continue their discussions on establishing a joint naval force, the ministers said. They are also thinking of acquiring joint early warning systems to confront ballistic missiles.

The meeting, attended by Defense Minister Prince Salman, reviewed military cooperation and joint defense and looked into the proposals made by the higher military committee and adopted necessary resolutions, the statement said.

The ministers were happy over the performance of Peninsula Shield Force, a joint force of GCC states, in protecting some of the vital installations in Bahrain and reiterated their solidarity with Manama to defend its independence and sovereignty.

The ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and the UAE reviewed the achievements in terms of setting up joint military communication systems and emphasized the need to strengthen the efficiency of such systems.

Earlier, addressing the conference, Prince Salman noted Prince Sultan's contributions to strengthen the Saudi and GCC forces. He invited the ministers to Saudi Arabia for the next meeting.