Crown Prince Proposes Collective Anti-Terrorism Action
KUWAIT (AP) _ Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was quoted Sunday as proposing combined action by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to combat terrorism.
The newspaper al-Qabas quoted the prince as saying that coordinated efforts by the Persian Gulf ″have become a pressing necessity.″
He was alluding to the May 25 attempt to kill the emir of Kuwait, Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah. An Iraqi identified as Mehdi Ramadan Shah crashed a car loaded with explosives into the sheik’s motorcade and detonated it, killing himself and three others. The Kuwaiti ruler received minor injuries.
Local newspapers said Shah was a member of the clandestine al-Daawa Party, a pro-Iranian faction believed linked to the Islamic Holy War terrorist group. Islamic Holy War claimed responsibility for the asssassination attempt, as it did for the 1983 bombings of the U.S. and French embassies and the hijacking of a Kuwait Airways jetliner to Iran last December.
Prince Abdullah told al-Qabas that ″we all reject acts of terrorism and perfidy which are aimed at undermining stability and security of the gulf region.″
″We will have to act collectively in the face of these attempt by those who are without religion or manners,″ he was quoted as saying.
The prince did not specify measures he felt should be taken.
Saudi Arabia is the leading power in the gulf council, which seeks to link the economies and defense of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.