GCC Foreign Ministers call for peace in Yemen, condemn Iranian actions

April 18, 2011

The Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states held their 33rd extraordinary session in Riyadh yesterday, during which they discussed the GCC initiative to end the crisis in Yemen. The meeting was attended by a delegation from the Yemeni opposition, led by President of the Preparatory Committee for National Dialogue Mohamed Salem Basendwah. In a statement released after the session, GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdulatif Al-Zayani said that talks are ongoing with both the Yemeni government and the opposition. The goal is to end the bloodshed in Yemen, he stated, and to reach a compromise within the framework of the GCC’s previously announced initiative.

In another statement issued after the meeting, the GCC Foreign Ministerial Council praised the positive developments that have taken place recently in Bahrain, especially the restoration of security. The ministers rejected Iran’s false allegations regarding Bahrain and condemned its malicious interference into the affairs of its Arab neighbors. Furthermore, the Council called upon the international community, led by the U.N. Security Council, to take all necessary measures to end Iranian interventions, provocations and threats that seek to foment sedition and subversion within the GCC states.

The extraordinary session was attended by Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah; Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa; Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah; and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.