Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received in Riyadh today the leaders of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), who are attending the Seventh Consultative Summit: Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifah, Qatar’s Emir Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifah Al-Thani, President of the United Arab Emirates Shaikh Khalifah bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Saeed, and Kuwait's Prime Minister Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Also attending are Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and GCC Secretary-General Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Atiyyah.
A press statement following the meeting expressed best wishes for the good health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, and congratulations to Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah on his recent successful surgery. On the latest developments in the Middle East peace process, the GCC leaders affirmed their support for the efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resume negotiations towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the achievement of security and stability for the Palestinian people; and stressed the need to restore all occupied Arab territories in order to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. The GCC leaders expressed their support for Iraq and the political process aimed at preserving its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. On Lebanon, the GCC leaders urged solidarity for the sake of the country’s security, stability and prosperity. Regarding relations with Iran, the GCC leaders affirmed their fundamental position on the right of the United Arab Emirates to the three islands occupied by Iran, and called on Iran to solve the dispute either through direct negotiations or by referring it to the International Court of Justice.
With regard to terrorism, the GCC Supreme Council stated that this destructive phenomenon must be confronted by all means available, and called on the international community to cooperate effectively in order to eradicate it.
The GCC leaders reiterated their commitment to the Manama Declaration affirming that reform should emanate from the heritage of Arab and Islamic civilization and from a nation’s entity and history; and expressed satisfaction at the progress of their achievements on the track of cooperation and integration for the interest and prosperity of their peoples.
At a press conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal confirmed that the GCC consultative summit had focused on GCC issues, and noted that there has been full cooperation among member states, for example the agreement on terrorism that is currently being implemented.