ABU DHABI, 3rd March, 2019 (WAM) — H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, headed the UAE delegation that participated in the meetings of the 36th edition of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, which were held at the headquarters of the council’s General Secretariat in Tunisia, under the patronage of Beji Caid Essebsi, President of Tunisia.
The meetings were attended by ministers of interior of Arab countries and high-level security delegations, as well as representatives of the Arab League, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organisation, the International Criminal Police Organisation, INTERPOL, the International Civil Defence Organisation, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Middle East and North Africa Counter-Terrorism Project, the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, and the Arab Police Sporting Federation.
The council’s 36th edition began with a speech by Hichem Fourati, Minister of Interior of Tunisia, which was followed by speeches by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Minister of Interior and Honorary Chairman of the Arab Interior Ministers Council, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, and Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Kouman, Secretary-General of the Council.
The council reviewed several issues on its agenda, including a report by Dr. Kouman on the work of its general secretariat between its 35th and 36th editions, and a report by the Chairman of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences about the university’s work between the same period.
The council’s agenda also included discussing the draft of the ninth phased plan to implement the Arab strategy to combat the illegal use of drugs and psychotropic substances, and the draft of the eight phased plan to carry out the Arab strategy to combat terrorism, as well as the draft of the fifth phased plan to implement the Arab strategy for civil protection and civil defence.
The council also discussed the recommendations issued from 2018 conferences and meetings which were held by its General Secretariat, and the outcomes of joint meetings between Arab and international authorities during 2018, as well as other key issues.