GCC summit issues final communiqué

December 8, 2010

The Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) released a final communiqué at the conclusion of its 31st summit in Abu Dhabi yesterday. After reviewing joint GCC action in the political, economic, social, military, security, cultural and informational fields, the delegates issued a number of decisions.

The Council adopted a long-term, comprehensive development strategy for GCC member countries for the period 2010-2025 and approved the completion of the third phase of the GCC railway network and electric grid. Continuing the drive towards economic integration, the Council gave permission for corporations in GCC countries to open branches in other member nations, while urging the removal of trade barriers.

In the realm of security, it endorsed the decisions taken by the GCC Defense Council, while also approving a regional plan of action to prepare for and respond to radiation risks. The Council reaffirmed its condemnation of all forms of terrorism and called upon the international community to “activate the call of the GCC countries to establish an international center for combating terrorism, exchange of information and expertise, and coordination among countries to monitor and control the movement of organizations and terrorist elements, and to thwart their plans.” It commended the efforts and efficiency of the Saudi security forces, specifically praising recent operations that led to the dismantling of 19 terrorist cells.

The Council praised the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s initiative for dialogue between religions and civilizations, calling the process “the most effective way to enhance global understanding and cooperation, which will lead to the prevalence of security.”

The Kingdom was also lauded for its effective participation in the G-20 summits held in Seoul on November 11 and Toronto on November 26. The delegates “expressed appreciation of the important role the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia plays in global political and economic relations.”

The Council reviewed many other key issues, including the peaceful use of nuclear energy, efforts to counter maritime piracy and upcoming cultural events being held in GCC countries.