114th GCC foreign ministers council concludes meetings in Kuwait

Meeting’s final communiqué supports Saudi Arabia’s right to defend its lands, expresses backing for Yemen’s unity, security, stability

Communiqué condemns Israel’s practices, urges international community to press it into stopping its intransigence

The Foreign Ministerial Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states concluded their 114th session in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, headed the delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the session.

In a press statement, the Council welcomed the statement issued at the end of the 2nd session of Saudi-Qatari Coordinating Council, held in Doha on February 23, 2010, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar's Crown Prince, and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, praising true brotherly spirit , understanding and confidence that prevailed in the Coordinating Council, including the signing of agreements and holding of constructive discussions reflecting deep relations between the two countries.

The Ministerial Council expressed its satisfaction over the statement issued in the 19th session by Saudi-Yemeni Coordination Council, held in Riyadh on February 27, 2010, under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and Prime Minister of the Republic of Yemen Dr. Ali Mohammed Mujawar, commending the brotherly spirit that prevailed in the works of the Coordinating Council, and the positive results which embodied the keenness of the leaderships in the two countries to enhance bilateral relations in all fields.

The Council welcomed the return of calm to the borders between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and halting of military operations in north-western region of Yemen, reaffirming the Council's full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the Council's absolute support for the Kingdom's right to defend its territories and the security of its citizens, stressing that any infringement on the Kingdom's security and stability is considered as an infringement on the security, stability and safety of all the GCC states. The Council renewed its full support for the unity, security and stability of Yemen.

The Council condemned the storming of Israeli police and border guards of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds and the annexation of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and Bilal bin Rabah Mosque in the city of Bethlehem to the list of sites of archaeological heritage of Israel, calling on the Security Council to act promptly to stop such provocative acts and calling on the international community to stand firm against these practices and force Israel to abandon these practices.

The Ministerial Council said that it reviewed recent developments in the GCC joint actions, since the end of its last session, in a number of areas, as well as major regional and international developments.

In the fight against terrorism, the Ministerial Council reaffirmed the positions of the GCC member States in condemnation of violence and extremism associated with terrorism. It also praised the efforts of the GCC states in taking executive measures to activate relevant decisions in this regard.

The Council stressed the right of the countries of the region to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes within the framework of the relevant international convention in accordance with the standards and procedures of the International Atomic Energy Agency and under its supervision, demanding the application of these standards on all countries in the region, without exception, including Israel.