Bahrain’s interior minister has called upon states in the region to ensure they are not used for operations that could undermine the security of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, who was receiving the interior ministry undersecretaries of the six GCC member states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, on Sunday said that the other countries in the region should reinforce their monitoring of their lands so that they are not exploited for operations targeting the security of the Gulf states.

The minister did not name the countries, but his call was made days after his ministry said that it had foiled terrorist activities that included attempts to smuggle in weapons and ammunitions and smuggle out 13 people wanted for their terror links.