Saudi Crown Prince: Biggest challenge lies in preserving unity of the homeland

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In a speech at the Gulf Ministerial Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif declared that “the biggest challenge we face today is preserving the unity of the homeland,” stressing “the importance of Arab and national unity, which transcends over personal, sectarian or doctrinal unity.”

Prince Naif asserted: “We have been able to maintain the security and stability of our countries and peoples and enhance the development and prosperity they enjoy. The greatest challenge for any country in our modern world is to preserve its national unity away from any internal or external influences or threats. A national unity in which the allegiances to the homeland transcend the personal, ethnic or sectarian loyalties that divides and separate. A National unity , under which everyone understands his duties towards his homeland and his nation, works for the security and stability of his society, and faces with his acumen the negative influences and deviant intellectual tendencies in defense of his religion, the protection of his homeland and the defiance of his enemies all in an effort to deter their evils.“

For his part, Bahraini Interior Minister Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa stated: “We are facing a number of serious challenges from the Iranian and Iraqi territories.”

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah, said that efforts should be made to eliminate the hotbeds of terrorism. While UAE Interior Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised the brave efforts of soldiers in defending Yemen and the GCC countries.

The ministers of interior, foreign affairs and defense of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are holding a joint meeting under the chairmanship of Prince Mohammed bin Naif in the Saudi capital to enhance cooperation, joint coordination and deepen the integration of GCC countries.

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