Kuwaiti emir calls for panel to modify GCC
December 06 2017 12:05 AM
Kuwait Emir
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah


*Emir Sheikh Tamim attends Kuwait summit

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani participated in the 38th session of the Supreme Council of Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) at Bayan Palace in Kuwait yesterday.

Sheikh Tamim took part in the opening session, the closed session and the closing session of the summit, which was was also attended by the official delegation accompanying the Emir which included His Highness Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Personal Representative of the Emir, as well as a number of ministers.

Earlier upon his arrival at Kuwait International Airport, the Emir and the accompanying delegation were received by the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah.

Also receiving the Emir were Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Ali al-Ghanim, Deputy Chief of the Kuwait National Guard Sheikh Mishal al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah and several other ministers and dignitaries.

Sheikh Tamim said he hopes the summit, which, he added, takes place amid critical conditions in the march of the GCC and amid regional challenges, would result in outcomes that contribute to maintaining security and stability of the region as well as achieving the aspirations of the Gulf peoples towards deepening co-operation and solidarity and reaching the desired goals of the council.

A mission of honour led by Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled al-Jarrah al-Sabah was formed to accompany the Emir.

The Kuwaiti emir has called for the formation of a committee that will look into modifying the GCC's statute.

In his address to the summit, the Kuwaiti emir affirmed that this step would help the council continue its leading role.

He said he was pleased with the proceedings of the current summit, adding that it was important for the GCC members to continue such gatherings.

"Any dispute on the Gulf level must not affect the continuation of the summit," he said.

The emir noted that despite "negative developments and sorrowful events" over the last six months, GCC leaders managed to calm the situation which is an important step in addressing the recent feud.

He hoped the GCC will carry on its leading role in the region despite the numerous challenges and upheavals.

"The holding of the summit proves to the world that the GCC, as an important entity, needs to continue to address the needs of the people of the region," he said.

Uniting the Gulf countries efforts against regional and international challenges will ensure the security and stability of the council, the Kuwaiti eEmir added.

Sheikh Tamim attended the dinner banquet hosted by the Kuwaiti emir before leaving for Qatar.

His Highness the Emir and his accompanying delegation were seen off upon departure at Kuwait International Airport by Lt. Gen. Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah, Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister and head of the mission of honour accompanying him and other officials.

Sheikh Tamim sent a cable to the Kuwaiti emir in which he expressed thanks and appreciation for the hospitality and appreciation he received during his participation in the GCC summit and praised the efforts of the Emir of Kuwait in enhancing co-operation and solidarity among GCC countries.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Oman sent ministers to the annual event.

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