Ministers of interior from 22 Arab countries, including Egypt, arrived in Riyadh to take part in the 30th Conference for Arab Ministers of Interior that commenced on Wednesday.
The conference agenda includes plans to combat terrorism, drug abuse and an Arab strategy for civil defence and intellectual security. Ministers will also discuss ways to support the Palestinian Ministry of Interior.
Egyptian Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday and met with his Saudi counterpart Mohamed Ben Naif, reported state-run news agency MENA.
The Ministry of Interior released a statement saying that “the minister will give his speech during the opening session after which he will fly back to Cairo.”
The conference is headed by Saudi Minister of Interior Ben Naif and Secretary General of the Council of Arab Ministers of Interior Mohamed Ben Ali Kuman.
“Extremist thought… on social networks has resulted in a major increase in terrorist acts, political assassinations and sectarian conflicts,” said Kuman. He added that as it has become impossible to control the content of social networks, it is important to produce counter-speech, reported AFP.
Representatives from the United Nations, Arab League, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Arab Maghreb Union, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences and Arab Sports Federation of Police also participated in the conference.
Naif gave a speech on behalf of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud at the conference; he warned against divisions in any community and encouraged security officials to deal wisely with the “many and dangerous challenges” that face security in Arab countries.