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GCC foreign ministers conclude meeting in Jeddah

The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) concluded its 104th meeting in Jeddah today under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar Madani.

In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the ministers called for a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East within the framework of the Arab Peace Initiative. They expressed support for an international conference on Palestine as proposed by President George W. Bush, and urged all concerned parties to attend. The ministers also welcomed President Bush’s call for an independent Palestinian state, a halt to settlements and an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

On Iraq, the ministers stressed the importance of supporting efforts to achieve national reconciliation as well as a national unity government that represents all Iraqis. Moreover, Iraq’s neighbors should assist in enhancing its security and stability, the statement said.

Regarding other issues, the ministers called for national dialogue and unity in Lebanon and welcomed the deployment of a joint UN-African Union force in Darfur, Sudan. They also expressed the hope that Iranian negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would achieve a positive result and called for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.

In a press conference after today’s meeting, Madani said the Saudi delegation currently in Baghdad to explore the possibility of reopening a Saudi embassy has submitted a report and that it is being studied.