ABU DHABI, Jan 30 (KUNA) -- A Kuwaiti officer underlined here Monday the
significance of reinforcing inter-Gulf cooperation in maritime security and
Speaking to KUNA on the sidelines of a Gulf conference on maritime
security, Chief of the Kuwaiti Coast Guard Operation Section Lieutenant
Commander Sheikh Mubarak Ali Al-Sabah called on the GCC member states to share
experience with world experts in the field of maritime security and monitoring
in order to meet relevant challenges and risks and to cement maritime safety
in the Arabian Gulf.
He said he had delivered a lecture as part of the two-day gathering on the
efforts of Kuwait and other GCC countries to ensure international sea passages
and to fight piracy and infiltration as well as to maintain port security.
He added that he had also talked about practical steps and vital role by
Kuwaiti Coast Guard in the protection of seaports.
He pointed to his body's strategic goals, including full maritime control
over Kuwait's territorial water, fight against robbery, maritime smuggling as
well as rescue.
The Kuwaiti officer, moreover, stressed the importance of liaison and joint
exercises among the GCC coast guards and border control agencies.
Sheikh Mubarak reminded that 90 percent of world oil exports and 70 percent
of Gulf oil exports pass through the Arabian Gulf.
The gathering focuses on the impact of climate change on regional maritime
security and the fight against piracy.
Over 200 representatives from Gulf and foreign countries are partaking in
the conference. (end)
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