Coordinating Against Democracy

The interior minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attended a GCC security meeting in Riyadh, shortly before returning to Kuwait from Saudi Arabia he announced, through the state news agency KUNA, that there was “a high-level security coordination among the GCC countries to facing future challenges.” According to KUNA, “The final statement of the one-day meeting included resolutions and recommendations that would activate common security challenges and plans.”

The article goes on to say that “very important” decisions were made at the meeting that were “aimed at addressing present, urgent, and future security challenges.” It also said that the Sheikh Ahmad sent a cable to Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, the interior minister of Saudi Arabia thanking him for organizing the meeting. This article is very bland, if not cryptic. It provides absolutely no details at all about what was discussed at the meeting, or its purpose. What are the “present, urgent and future security challenges” that are being addressed? But there is more.

There’s more however, as another article about the same meeting, also on KUNA, describes more about what was discussed. The Saudi Interior Minister said that he hoped for increased security cooperation among the GCC states. Meanwhile, the Interior minister of the UAE, (who is also Deputy Prime Minister) Sheikh Saif bin Zayed al-Nahyan urged the GCC states to develop “unified security policies” that would contribute to “cementing security, stability, and sustainable development.”  A third article also mentions that the six states signed a security agreement. The article also mentions that the Interior Minister of Bahrain thanked the other GCC countries for “standing by Bahrain in the face of terrorism and violence,” and that the Secretary General of the GCC gave condolence to Bahrain for members of the security forces who were killed in “terrorist acts” that were committed by “terrorist gangs.”

It is clear then, that this meeting was held to arrange ways to further clamp down on dissent among the GCC states. When Mohamed Abdul Qader al-Jasem wrote an article urging Saudi Arabia and the UAE to stay out of Kuwaiti affairs, this is what he was warning about. The “very important” decisions that were made almost certainly involved the “challenge” of preventing the people from attaining their rights. “Unified security policies” is, therefore, a codeword for more interventions of the type that happened when Saudi Arabia and the UAE moved to protect an authoritarian regime in Bahrain from the demands of the people.

By the way, it seems as though the Arabic version of the article and put it through Google Translate. What does it say about the government if they can’t even find someone to translate their articles properly.

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