1999 News Story

GCC heads meet in Jeddah for first consultative conference

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz today received in Jeddah the heads of the delegations of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to the first GCC consultative conference. Addressing the conference, GCC Secretary-General Jamil Ibrahim Al-Hujeilan referred to it as a historic occasion, and thanked King Fahd for hosting it.  He then commented on the sad absence of the late Emir of Bahrain Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, remarking on his noble character and deeds.  He described the achievements of the GCC as an Arab and Islamic accomplishment, and indicated the progress made on the unification of customs tariffs prior to establishing customs unity. He explained that the current conference was being held on the recommendation of the 19th GCC Summit in Abu Dhabi last December. It was recommended that a biannual meeting be held for the leaders of the Gulf nations in order to follow-up and review the latest developments in the region, and that this meeting be free from the customary protocol of Summits. The meeting was therefore concluded in one day without a prepared agenda, no joint communiqué was issued, and there was flexibility in the representation of any member state.