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GCC leaders reaffirm support to Palestinian people

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders, in a press statement following their 3rd Consultative Summit in Manama, Bahrain today, reaffirmed their support to the Palestinian people, stressing their commitment to the decisions taken by the recent Arab Summit in Amman and expressing concern over Israeli practices that threaten the security of the region and undermine the peace process. GCC Secretary-General Jameel Al-Hujeilan reported that the main topic discussed at the Summit was the Palestinians' struggle for their rights, their land, and their dignity, in the face of Israel's oppressive aggression and its policy of excessive killing and destruction. The GCC leaders, he said, called on the international community, and in particular the United States of America, to exert every effort for an end to Israel's aggressive practices; a resumption of negotiations on the right track in order to avoid more dangers that threaten the region's stability; and the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace based on international legitimacy and the principle of land for peace. The Summit welcomed Qatar's call for an extraordinary session of the foreign ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Doha to discuss the dangers of the situation in the occupied Arab territories.