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GCC Chiefs of Staff Emphasize Need For Collective Security

GCC Chiefs of Staff Emphasize Need For Collective Security

Friday, 4 October, 2019 - 08:15
GCC Chiefs of Staff during their meeting in Riyadh on Thursday (SPA).

The Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) called for unifying efforts to face security challenges and strongly condemned the recent attacks on Saudi oil installations.

At the request of the Saudi Armed Forces, the GCC Chiefs of Staff met in Riyadh on Thursday for the fourth extraordinary meeting of the GCC Supreme Military Committee, to exchange views on the current regional threats and the means to achieve greater GCC military coordination.

In a final statement, the senior military officers expressed the readiness of the armed forces of all GCC countries to confront and deal with any threats or terrorist attacks.

They also stressed that any attack against any of the GCC states would be considered an attack on the entire Gulf and underlined the importance to commit to promoting collective security within the GCC.

The meeting also condemned the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations, the targeting of oil tankers and the threats against free navigation.

It is noteworthy that Iran’s escalation of its attacks on the region, especially on international shipping lines, led to the formation of an international alliance for maritime security in the Gulf and the Red Sea.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Interior Minister General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa warned of the dangers that surround the region, which include electronic threats, drones and ballistic missiles, citing the terrorist attack against two Saudi Aramco oil facilities.

Addressing a ceremony held by the Bahraini-British Friendship Association in London, the interior minister called on the Bahrainis to remain vigilant against plans of divisions on sectarian and religious bases.

He noted that his country was implementing a national plan to “promote the sense of national belonging,” which covers many areas, including education, media, youth, sports and culture.

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