UAE to host GCC Police Force HQ
ABU DHABI: The UAE Cabinet on Sunday endorsed hosting the headquarters of the joint Police Force of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi. By hosting the GCC Police Force, the UAE aims to foster its relations with the other Gulf countries to safeguard the region from any form of threats.
The GCC Police Force will contribute in co-ordinating efforts across the region; share knowledge and information among other relevant security authorities that will eventually streamline the efforts to maintain safety of the people.
The decision of setting up the GCC Police Force was adopted according to the decisions of GCC Ministers of Interiors who met in Kuwait in November 2014 as well as the Supreme Council of the GCC meeting held in December 2014.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said that joint GCC co-ordination has become a necessity in our daily lives. The GCC leadership is keen to provide all life requirements, ensure safety and security prevail to all people in the region.
Today, we experience these and as a result, UAE will host the GCC Police Force, a first of its kind in the region and with distinguished gulf expertise.
Sheikh Mohammed said the “UAE has become a model in safety and peace regionally and internationally. Hosting the GCC Police Force reflects such a confidence in its attractive and encouraging environment. We are fully confident hosting the headquarters will boost efforts towards Gulf integration, prevalence of law, maintain safety and security to our nations.”
Meanwhile, an Arab League official said on Sunday that Arab military chiefs will meet this week in Cairo to discuss the forming of a joint military force to fight the region’s growing extremist threat. After Arab League leaders agreed to create such a force at a March summit in Egypt, army chiefs from member states will hold talks on Wednesday on details of how the force will be created, its role and its financing, a League source said.
The UAE Cabinet held its meeting on Sunday at the Presidential Palace and was attended by Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
The Cabinet also discussed other topics on the agenda and endorsed a set of regulations to protect consumers, ensuring the high quality standards of products in the market.
The Cabinet also reviewed a number of recommendations submitted by the Federal National Council on issues related housing, infrastructure and economy.
On the International level, the Cabinet endorsed a number of international agreements signed with few countries that foster UAE’s foreign policy.
The agreements include an agreement on double taxation avoidance with China and Luxembourg; another agreement on investment protection with Kenya; a customs agreement with South Korea as well as an agreement on aviation services with Cuba.