Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior signed the “GCC Police Force” (GCC-POL) agreement, to be based in Abu Dhabi, between the United Arab Emirates, and the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States, represented by Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 34th meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers that was held on Wednesday in the sisterly State of Qatar.

Heading a high level delegation, Lt. General H.H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior represented the UAE at the 34th meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers. Upon arrival to Doha, HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed was welcomed by H.E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

In his statement on the occasion, HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed praised the efforts exerted by his Qatari counterpart; citing the good organization of the meeting and the warm and gracious welcome that had been extended to the UAE delegation. He hailed the brotherly endeavors made by the GCC states to further consolidate and develop cooperation; with the aim of achieving optimal results that will benefit the nations and peoples of the region.

During the Meeting, their Highnesses and Excellencies the GCC Interior Ministers discussed various topics related to enhancing cooperation and coordination amongst GCC member states, as well as the recommendations issued by the security committees, and other topics of mutual interest.

The UAE delegation accompanying HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed included: Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Resources and Support Services; Brigadier General Mansour Ahmed Al Dhaheri, Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi; Brigadier General Dr. Rashid Sultan Al Khodr, Vice Chairman of the Legal Council at the Ministry of Interior; Brigadier General Jumaa Ahmed Hamel Al Qubaisi; His Excellency Saleh Mohammed bin NasraAl Ameri, UAE Ambassador to Qatar; alongside a number of high ranking officers at the Ministry of Interior.

It is worth mentioning that in December 2014, the 35th Ministerial and Heads of State Summit, which was held in Doha, Qatar, ratified the decision adopted by their Highnesses and Excellencies GCC Interior Ministers during their 33rd meeting, which was held in Kuwait in November 2014, to launch the operations of the deterrent GCC Police Force based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Force, which will be an Interpol-like force inside GCC countries, aims to achieve greater coordination between law enforcement entities in GCC countries, exchange information and curb all forms of organized or transnational crimes and terror that undermine the security and safety of the region.
The GCC-POL, based in Abu Dhabi, will carry out various tasks and functions, notably linking between security and police departments in the GCC countries through common databases; contributing to efforts to prevent and curb crime; and creating regional and international partnerships in coordination with public organizations in this area.
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