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GCC ministerial meeting issues communique

The foreign ministers and ministers of finance and economy of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued a communiqué today at the end of their 68th session held in Jeddah on August 27 and 28.  The meeting was chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and attended by UAE Foreign Minister Rashed Bin Abdullah Al-Naimi, Foreign Minister of the State of Bahrain Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman Yousuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani, and Secretary-General of the GCC Sheikh Jamil Bin Ibrahim Al-Hejeilan.

The communiqué reiterated the council's firm position in rejecting all forms of violence and terrorism irrespective of their source and manifestation, since terrorism endangers and threatens the security, safety and stability of all.  The council urges all nations to deny extremist and terrorist elements sanctuary on their soil, and to put a halt to the exploitation of their laws that promotes destructive activities, expressing regret that certain friendly nations having interests in common with the GCC are hosting these extreme elements and even granting them asylum.
The council denounces and deplores the bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania as terrorist deeds that contravene all religious values and moral and human principles, and is mindful of the resulting dire consequences in terms of killing innocent people and spreading havoc and destruction as well as expanding the sphere of violence.
While understanding the rationale behind striking at bases designed to train terrorists, the council expresses concern over the resulting ramifications and sees it as imperative that such situations be tackled through the mechanisms of the United Nations. The council also regrets the human and material loss which has befallen the brotherly people of the Sudan.
At the same time the council strongly condemns all the irresponsible provocative statements and practices that revealed predetermined designs and attempt to destabilize the security of countries and the tranquility of innocent people. Such designs are contrary to the principles of Islam and its lofty ideals and are not by any count a demonstration of the ethics of Muslims and their conduct in the international arena. The communiqué stressed the importance of legal and international procedures in dealing with entities which endow terrorists with safe haven, believing that the sole way to combat terrorism is through an internationally concerted effort within the framework of the United Nations in order to eradicate terrorism while ensuring the security and stability of all communities and the sovereignty of all nations. In this regard the communiqué affirmed the anti-terrorism resolution of the 8th Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).
The communiqué also expressed the council's rejection and condemnation of the targeting of the judiciary and justice administration in the GCC countries by certain organizations and agencies. The council views this as unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of the GCC. Such endeavors serve as an encouragement of the perpetrators of terrorism to further threaten the security and stability of these countries and consequently harm their interests.
The communiqué approved the measures proposed at the 18th Session of the GCC's Supreme Council for encouraging and increasing direct foreign investments in GCC member states.
The communiqué, turning to international events, expressed deep concern that the Iraqi government has suspended cooperation with the UN special committee assigned to dismantle Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  The ministerial council urged Iraq to reconsider its decision and also to refrain from directing threats against the security and sovereignty of the State of Kuwait. The communiqué reaffirmed the importance of Iraq's executing of all other security council unconditionally and without exception, particularly in respect to the release of prisoners of war and detainees from the state of Kuwait, restoration of Kuwaiti property and compliance with Resolution 949, reiterating that Iraq should admit that its invasion and occupation of the State of Kuwait was a breach of Arab and international charters and laws, including those of the League of Arab States.