King Abdullah leads delegation to 30th GCC summit

December 14, 2009

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz arrived in Kuwait today to lead the Saudi delegation to the 30th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit. The two-day meeting, hosted by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabir Al-Sabah, will focus on Arab, regional and Islamic issues, as well as the approval of major joint economic projects. GCC foreign and finance ministers have already prepared draft resolutions and a draft final communiqué dealing with major regional issues, including developments in Iraq, Iran, Palestine and Yemen, as well as environmental, security and economic cooperation.

In his opening speech, the Kuwaiti Emir stated his support for the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to defend its territory against cross-border attacks from terrorists in Yemen. “We all reject the aggression of infiltrators into the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, targeting its sovereignty and its security,” he declared. “We reiterate our condemnation and reprobation of such aggressions and hostilities.”

Sheikh Sabah called for greater cooperation within the GCC on a range of issues. In particular, he stressed the importance of launching of an electricity linkage project, approving a GCC Monetary Union and establishing a joint railway authority – all of which are on the summit’s agenda.

Following the Kuwaiti Emir’s speech, the GCC leaders held a closed door session and then adjourned for the day.

King Abdullah’s delegation to the summit includes Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal; Chief of General Intelligence Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz; Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Saud; Minister of State and Cabinet Member Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Khuwaiter; Minister of Finance Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf; Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussein; Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja; and a number of other senior officials.

Prior to his departure, King Abdullah issued a royal decree deputizing Crown Prince Sultan to administer to the state’s affairs during his absence.