Arab Leaders Approve Riyadh as Headquarters for Arab Cybersecurity Ministers Council

23.05.2024 Security
Arab Leaders Approve Riyadh as Headquarters for Arab Cybersecurity Ministers Council

Arab Leaders Approve Riyadh as Headquarters for Arab Cybersecurity Ministers Council

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Arab leaders approved the basic system for the Council of Arab Cybersecurity Ministers during the 33rd Arab Summit being held in Manama, Bahrain, on May 16. The Arab League welcomed Saudi Arabia's proposal to establish the Ministerial Council.

The basic system for the Council includes that it will operate under the umbrella of the Arab League and will have its permanent headquarters in Riyadh, with a General Secretariat and an Executive Office in the host country.

The Council’s responsibilities include setting general policies, developing strategies and priorities to enhance Arab collective efforts in cybersecurity, promoting cybersecurity initiatives and programs, and addressing all cybersecurity issues at security, economic, developmental, and legislative levels, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Saudi Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, and Chairman of the Board of the National Cybersecurity Authority Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban (photo) emphasized that the Kingdom’s proposal to establish the Council comes amid the increasing cyber threats worldwide, as they now pose a danger to countries’ stability and hinder their development plans.

He expressed deep gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for their wise guidance, continuous support, and keenness to enhance joint Arab efforts, preserve Arab security, and ensure stability.

The Council was established based on a proposal put forth by the Kingdom and received unanimous support from all Arab countries.

The Council’s objectives include developing and strengthening cooperation among Arab countries in all aspects related to cybersecurity, coordinating efforts, and exchanging knowledge, experiences, studies, and relevant experiments.

It also aims to work on protecting the interests of member states in international organizations related to cybersecurity through joint coordination, unify the Arab position regarding cybersecurity at international organizations and entities, and contribute to creating a safe and reliable Arab cyberspace that enables growth and prosperity for all member states.




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