Thursday, September 21, 2006
Interior ministers of Iraq’s neighbouring countries convened for their third meeting in Jeddah on Wednesday, chaired by Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz. Ministers from Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Kuwait and Egypt attended the gathering which concluded with a mutual consensus to increase security on the borders by clamping down on forged passports and illegal activities, including smuggling in and out of Iraq.
The Saudi Minister also emphasised the importance of fighting terrorism by exposing the activities of terrorist cells that threaten the stability and security of Iraq. It was agreed that a secretariat will be established in Baghdad to hold regular meetings. Its foundation and development will be supervised over by the Iraqi interior ministry which will be in charge of the preparation and follow-up on the progress of meetings and of any proposed outcomes and decisions.