Arab ministers urge integrated counter terrorism mechanism

The Council of Arab Justice and Interior Ministers called on Monday for an integrated counter terrorism mechanism to face security challenges in the region.

Speaking at the opening session, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed stressed the importance of coordinating efforts amongst Arabs to fend off security threats and invigorated overall development within the economic, political, social, and legal domains.
Protecting one Arab country will protect all; therefore, implementing cooperation protocols amongst Arabs will prevent various illicit acts and organized crime and combat crimes.

On his part, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Abdulaziz underlined the significance of the Arab Justice Ministers council and its regular meetings, saying that it exemplified cooperation among countries in the Arab World.

He cautioned against terrorism and organized crime, which are trying to thrive in the last few decades, saying that it was imperative to halt such ills from advancing any further.

Arab League Secretary General Ahmad Abul-Gheit delivered his speech to the meeting urging all participants to their intensive cooperation.

The Arab League’s top official singled out terrorism as one of the biggest problems in the Arab world, indicating that the Arab counterterrorism agreement of 1998 was an important milestone that provided a strong base for Arab security cooperation.

Meanwhile, the council signed at the end of their meeting a number of accords and agreements to prohibit any process that could lead to human cloning and also approved treaties to combat human trafficking, pirating and armed robbery.

Speaking to KUNA after the signing of the agreement Kuwait’s Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs and Minister of Justice Dr. Fahad Al-Afasi lauded the signing of the agreements will aid Arab security and justice personnel to better address issues connected with crime and terrorism.

He deemed the signing as a successful step to further boost Arab cooperation.
The Arab Justice and Interior Ministers Council meeting was attended by 40 figures including Dr. Al-Afasi.