The foreign ministers of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which groups Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, left Riyadh today after their 66th session, which began yesterday under the chairmanship of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Saudi delegation was led by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Al-Sabah stated that the agreement reached with the Iraqi government by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan constitutes an important step towards Iraq's cooperating with the UN and honoring all commitments stipulated by the resolutions pertaining to the war for the liberation of Kuwait, in particular release of all prisoners of war, no further threat to neighboring countries, and the taking of all necessary measures to show good intentions for the realization of security and stability for all countries in the region. The GCC welcomed resolution 1153 of the Security Council that enables Iraq to sell over 5.2 billion U.S. dollars' worth of petroleum products in order to meet the food and medical requirements of the Iraqi people.
The GCC also expressed its satisfaction at the developing relations with Iran, and hoped that Iran would respond positively to the initiative presented by the UAE concerning settlement of the problem of the three islands. Minister Al-Sabah urged the sponsors of peace in the Middle East to exert greater efforts for the resumption of talks on all tracks in a manner that paves the way for Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and southern Lebanon, in line with UN resolutions and the principle of land-for-peace.