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Riyadh- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz uncovered on Tuesday that the Gulf states are surrounded by recognized countries and organizations seeking to threaten the security and strategic depth of the region. The crown prince, who is also Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, said: “We are able to fend off these risks and maintain the security of our countries and peoples.”

Prince Mohammed was speaking during the 35th regular meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) interior ministers held in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The Crown Prince said it was important to concert efforts in accordance with a comprehensive security vision and professional strategy to maintain the GCC joint security and deter any aggressor.

He said the GCC security is surrounded by several security threats in light of variables in the world, intellectual and sectarian conflicts and terrorist phenomena supported by countries and organizations seeking to carry out their goals.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attendees conveyed their appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his strenuous efforts to enhance the joint march of the GCC member states aiming to achieve the aspirations of the citizens of the GCC member countries in seeing the goals of the group implemented.

In a statement following the meeting, Al-Zayani said that the interior ministers have discussed a number of key security issues and took the appropriate decisions, particularly in the field of communications security.

The ministers also lauded the performance of participants in the joint military drill recently held in Bahrain, praising the Bahraini authorities for the effort they have exerted to make the event a success.

The ministers denounced the air attacks launched recently by Houthi militias towards Mecca, confirming full support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in defense for Muslims sanctities.

When asked whether the ministers had discussed the possibility of placing Houthi militias on the council’s joint list of terror, the Secretary General said participants have not discussed the issue in their meeting on Tuesday.