2006 News Story

GCC foreign ministers meet with Secretary Rice

Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries met in Abu Dhabi last night with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is on a four-nation visit to the region.

After the meeting, a joint communiqué was issued highlighting the existing friendly relations between the GCC states and the US.

Both parties reiterated their unwavering stance against all forms of terrorism, and pledged to support any regional or international effort to combat it. They noted that stability and prosperity in the Middle East would serve mutual interests and enhance global peace and security.

On Iraq, the communiqué underscored the importance of establishing a government that represents all Iraqi factions to ensure the stability and unity of the country.

On Lebanon, both parties confirmed their support for political, economic and security stability in Lebanon the preservation of its unity. They also called for compliance with UN Resolutions 1559, 1636 and 1644.

Concerning the Palestinian situation and the Middle East peace process, the GCC and US called for a serious effort to realize a just and comprehensive peace based on UN resolutions and the road map for peace, which paves the way for an independent Palestinian state. Both parties lauded a February 18, 2006 speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he stressed adherence to the peace process and all of its requirements.

In addition, they expressed concern with the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the region, and called for a Gulf free of weapons of mass destruction.

The communiqué also restated GCC and US support for stable energy markets and noted the importance of global economic growth.