The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) concluded their 28th Supreme Council summit in Doha, Qatar today. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad also attended the summit, the first time an Iranian leader has done so.
In a final communiqué, GCC leaders stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution to the crisis surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. They urged Iran to continue engaging in dialogue with the international community and welcomed Tehran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
GCC leaders also reiterated their call for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, and endorsed the right of countries in the region to obtain nuclear power within the framework of international agreements.
Turning to the Middle East peace process, GCC leaders expressed the hope that the recent peace conference in Annapolis would lead to negotiations based on core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within the set timetable. They stressed the importance of launching Syrian and Lebanese tracks of the peace talks.
On other regional issues, GCC leaders highlighted the importance of Iraqi unity and non-interference in Iraq’s internal affairs. They welcomed the improved security situation and called on the Iraqi government to take stronger measures to achieve national reconciliation. They also called on Lebanese parties to achieve a national reconciliation, and expressed concern over suffering in Darfur. Somali leaders in turn were encouraged to commit themselves to the agreement reached in Jeddah.
The GCC rejected terrorism in all forms and called for the establishment of an international counterterrorism center. It also reaffirmed the UAE’s claim over the Greater and Lesser Tunb islands and Abu Musa.
On economic issues, GCC leaders welcomed the launch of the GCC common market in January 2008.