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Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs GCC defense ministers meeting in Riyadh – SPA

Riyadh- Saudi Arabia’s Second Deputy Premier Defense Minister Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz confirmed the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) determination to move forward and develop military collaboration among its member states.

The Prince said that in light of the challenges ravaging the region, military solidarity and advancement is imperative. An accelerated progress of GCC militaries through imparting experiences would most definitely shape a better future with respect to tackling challenges.

Chairing the GCC defense ministers meeting in Riyadh, Prince Mohammed said that the current circumstances demand for all GCC states to work in a decisive, dedicated and prompt way to benefit from our previous lessons in confronting the situation, reported the Saudi state news agency SPA.

Prince Mohammed’s speech came while chairing the 15th session of the GCC defense ministers conference whereas he conveyed to them the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior, wishing the meeting every success and the GCC countries steady progress.

The Saudi Defense Minister also said he is looking forward to see a thorough discussion of all topics on the agenda that would set GCC countries’ course on an open horizon of successes.

The Prince also hoped that the outcome of Camp David meeting which included enhancement of military and security strategic partnership with the United States of America to achieve the stability of the Gulf region can be put up for discussion.

Heads of delegations who participated at the meeting: UAE minister of state for defense affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Bawardi; minster for defense affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Jalahma; Oman s minister in charge of defense affairs Badr Saud Al-Busaeedi; Qatari minister of defense affairs Dr. Khalid Al-Atiyah; and Kuwait s deputy Prime Minister and minister of defense Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah.