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Conclusion of GCC's 20th Summit

At the conclusion in Riyadh this afternoon of the 20th session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Secretary-General Sheikh Jamil Bin Ibrahim Al-Hujeilan read a document issued by the six GCC leaders following their closed-door session today. The Riyadh Declaration confirms the importance of GCC member states not being onlookers, advocates their consolidation as an economic entity, and promotes a long-term strategy for Arab economic integration; it also declares a unified position on oil, stating that the global oil market must remain stable for the benefit of both producers and consumers.


The GCC Secretary-General then read the final communiqué of the GCC's 20th Summit.
Meanwhile, members of the executive bureau for GCC health ministers met in Riyadh yesterday in their 51st session, to discuss topics such as the fight against malaria and the campaign against smoking. Also on the agenda were family health, food pollution, eradication of poliomyelitis, treatment of cancer, and a strategy for the continuing provision of health services.
On the fringes of the Summit, the Information Exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of Information presented six pavilions displaying books, posters, films, and other informational materials, on each of the GCC member states.
Yesterday, King Fahd received at a dinner reception Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar; Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the Emir of Bahrain; Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait; and Sultan Qaboos, Ruler of Oman. The reception was attended by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard; Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector-General; and a number of princes, ministers, and officials. Earlier, the six leaders, together with Crown Prince Abdullah and Prince Sultan, had held a closed-door session. Another closed session was held today.