The foreign ministers of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held an extraordinary meeting in Jeddah today, chaired by Bahraini Foreign Minister Shaikh Muhammad bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa. The statement issued following the meeting expressed deep concern over the serious impact of the destructive attacks on economic and government installations in the United States, condemned these brutal acts, and extended condolences and sympathy to the U.S. government and people. The GCC foreign ministers affirmed full support for all international anti-terrorism efforts, and reiterated their rejection of any attempt to link Islam with these shameful acts of terror. The statement went on to praise U.S. President George W. Bush for calling on his countrymen to avoid any persecution of Muslims and Arabs in the United States and for attesting to the fact that Islam is a religion of peace that condemns violence and the killing of innocent civilians. The statement also urged the various world powers not to let preoccupation with current events cause them to ignore the state terrorism exercised by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people.