GCC slams espionage attempts in Saudi Arabia

These attempts to undermine the security and stability of the member countries are desperate criminal and terrorist moves that reveal animistic intentions by the parties sponsoring them'
  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
Al Turki however ruled out a link between the cell members and the “deviant group”, the expression used in Saudi Arabia to refer to Al Qaida organization. According to a report in the London-based Al Sharq Al Awsat, the 18 members were arrested between 8 and 9 am on Sunday.
The daily believed that the members worked for Iranian intelligence agencies. Al Hayat daily said that the cell members included a doctor, a religious figure and two academics.
“One of the members lived in a European country for four years before he moved to an Arab country. He eventually ended up in Saudi Arabia,” the Saudi-owned daily said. “We fully commend the efforts deployed by Saudi Arabia to maintain its security and stability and to ensure the safety of citizens and residents,” Al Zayani said in his statement. “The GCC fully supports Saudi Arabia on all the measures it takes on the issue, based on the premise that the GCC security is common to all members and that targeting the security of one country is a threat to all states,” he said.
The GCC groups together Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It was formed in 1981 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.