x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Cooperation remains key, say GCC security chiefs

The two-day meeting in Abu Dhabi of the committee set up to protect vital oil installations was chaired by Colonel Salah Salim Saif, the head of Bahrain's delegation.

ABU DHABI // Cooperation among Arabian Gulf nations is vital to the protection of what is the world's busiest oil export zone, security chiefs agreed yesterday at a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting.

Brig Gen Abdullah Saeed Al Shamsi, the director general of the UAE Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority, stressed the importance of combined efforts to strengthen cooperation in the field of security and to protect the oil installations and industrial zones in the GCC, vital to the region's economy.

He told the meeting in the capital that the exchange of experience, knowledge and best practice would benefit all GCC nations.

The two-day meeting of the committee set up to protect vital oil installations was chaired by Colonel Salah Salim Saif, the head of Bahrain's delegation, who also said he aimed to promote joint cooperation frameworks between the member states to better secure critical installations.

Brig Gen Al Shamsi said the Gulf and its oil was hugely important to the world from an economic and strategic standpoint.

He added that the region has seen a renaissance of development in the industrial sector and oil, prompting the GCC countries to come up with recommendations that strengthen the protection of oil installations and critical industrial areas.

Ssecurity chiefs shared and discussed documents relating to each country's ways of protecting oil installations.

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