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Foreign minister calls for peaceful resolution to Iranian nuclear issue

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal yesterday stressed that Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states respect international agreements relating to nuclear nonproliferation, and expressed the hope that the crisis surrounding Iran’s nuclear program would be resolved by peaceful means.

Prince Saud made the remarks in a press conference after the meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Jeddah last night.

GCC leaders continue to be concerned about any development that could lead to environmental pollution in the Gulf region, and that Gulf states must coordinate closely on the issue and take precautionary measures.

Turning to other issues, Prince Saud said that Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa’s visits to Saudi Arabia and Syria next week are part of ongoing efforts to resolve the situation in Lebanon.

The foreign minister confirmed that there are no plans for any Saudi-Israeli meetings, adding that the Kingdom would continue protesting Israeli practices that do not lead to peace.

The GCC meeting did not discuss a Qatari initiative to end the rebellion in Yemen, Prince Saud said.