GCC leaders seek greater security and stability
December 07 2016 01:58 AM
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani is being greeted by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah of Bahrain on arrival in Manama yesterday.


HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani participated along with the leaders of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries in the opening session of 37th GCC Supreme Council summit yesterday evening at Sakhir Palace in Manama, Bahrain.
HH Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, Personal Representative of HH the Emir, and members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir also attended the session.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia stressed that the current circumstances in the region are highly complicated and obvious to everyone as well as the crises it was facing, “requiring all of us to work together to confront and deal with them in a spirit of responsibility and determination and intensify efforts in order to consolidate the foundations of security and stability of our region as well as development and prosperity for our countries and peoples.”
In his speech before the opening of the GCC Supreme Council 37th session in Manama, the Saudi king said that despite the important achievements implemented by the GCC, “We gear forward to better future that guarantees the aspirations of the GCC citizens towards more prosperity and dignified living, enhances the march of the GCC at the regional and international arenas through active foreign policies to achieve security and stability in the region and supports regional and international peace.”
He expressed satisfaction for what has been achieved by the competent agencies of the GCC council over the past year in accordance with mechanisms adopted by the council which aim to raise the level of co-operation and co-ordination, including the decision of establishing the Economic and Development Affairs Commission which began its work recently to promote joint action in the economic and development fields.
King Salman said that the sad situation being suffered by some Arab countries, characterised by terrorism, domestic struggle and bloodshed, is an imperative result of the alliance of terrorism, sectarianism and flagrant interference, leading to their destabilisation and breach of security.
King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah of the Kingdom of Bahrain said that the GCC became an important platform seeking to enhance regional and international security and stability through active political initiatives of the regional conflicts and prevention of foreign interference in its internal affairs.
In his speech before the session, the Bahraini king added that the summit comes amid unprecedented political and economic events facing the whole world, which requires the highest levels of co-operation and integration among the GCC states.
He hailed the landmark strides of the council, which is not just a tool to consolidate achievements, as it gained leverage and morphed into a regional milestone that takes the initiative to maintain security and peace in the region and the world.
The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah said the GCC summit comes amid rapid international changes and critical conditions that necessitate continuing consultations and co-ordination to consider and preclude relevant reflections on the GCC countries.
Addressing the summit, the emir of Kuwait said that the region is currently faced with grave challenges, where on the economic front, dwindling oil prices are a major concern. Page 14

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