Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal today attended the 11th joint meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU) in Manama, Bahrain. In his address, Prince Saud pointed out that the GCC states attach great importance to human rights, emanating from the teachings of Islam. Noting their recent accession to a number of international conventions concerned with human rights, he declared that they share with the international community an interest in protecting human rights in an atmosphere of transparency, respect and cooperation, and that they call for renunciation of double standards in this respect.
In a joint statement, the meeting endorsed the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, that a permanent secretariat for the energy forum be set up in order to develop continual dialogue between oil producers and oil consumers. The EU delegation promised to study the details of this proposal and follow it up with the Government of Saudi Arabia.
The statement reported that a number of other topics had been discussed, notably on investment issues. The two sides also stressed the need for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions, the outcome of the Madrid conference, and the principle of land for peace. They reaffirmed that Iraq should adhere to full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions, notably number 1284, and resume cooperation with international committees in order to reach a quick and permanent solution to this issue, including the return of all Kuwaiti property. The two sides reaffirmed support of a peaceful solution to the dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates regarding the three islands of Abu Mousa, Greater Tunbs and Lesser Tunbs, in accordance with international law either through direct discussion or referral to the International Court of Justice.