GCC leaders’ consultative summit concluded in Riyadh

Summit reviews region’s developments, march of achievements in all fields

Summit considers Gulf’s security as red line, stresses intensive cooperation to beef up stability

King of Bahrain: We work on building active, unified policy to face regional issues

Sultanate of Oman delegation chief: Summit contributes to backing march of Gulf cooperation

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the leaders and heads of delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council Gulf Member States concluded at the Palace of Al-Dir'iya their 12th consultative meeting.

Then, they all had dinner with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, bade farewell the leaders and heads of delegations of GCC Member States; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain; H.H. Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Saeed, Deputy Premier for Cabinet Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman; Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar and Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, wishing them a happy journey.

They were also seen off by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General; Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prince Miqren bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; other Princes; GCC Secretary General and a number of officials.

Leaders and heads of delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States left Riyadh after the conclusion of their 12th consultative summit meeting.

At King Khalid International Airport, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar; King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain; Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait; Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Saeed, Deputy Premier for Cabinet Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman were respectively seen off by a number of princes, ministers and officials.

Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Atiyyah, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said the GCC leaders held their 12th Consultative summit in Riyadh at an invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and under his chairmanship.

In a press statement following the meeting, Al-Atiyyah said the leaders of the GCC welcomed the strenuous efforts exerted by Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait who holds the current rotating presidency of the GCC, and his interest to further push the common march of the group's member countries towards more progress and prosperity for their peoples.

They also welcomed the visit of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Bahrain on 18-19 April 2010 and his meetings with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, lauding the spirit of common fraternity and confidence that prevailed the meeting.

In this regard, they paid tribute to the directives of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to build a medical city to be affiliated to the Arab Gulf University in Bahrain at an estimated cost of SR1 billion. They also lauded the historical decision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to establish King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy in Saudi Arabia, underscoring the importance of securing additional and future sources for all kinds of energy and preserving the depleting wealth for coming decades and generations.

The GCC leaders also welcomed the signing of a framework agreement between The Sudan Government and Justice and Equality Movement in Doha on 23rd of February 2010 as well as a ceasefire agreement between The Sudan Government and the Liberation and Justice Movement in Doha on March 18, 2010 to help solve the conflict in Darfur under the patronage of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

They also praised the Qatari leader's efforts in leading the Arab, African and International Committee in charge of settling Darfur crisis and his endeavor to set up a development bank at a capital of $ 1 billion for Darfur, a facility open for all interested parties in the settlement of the conflict in that region.

The GCC leaders also lauded the efforts of Emir of Qatar aiming at enhancing the security and stability in the region and the achievement of fair and comprehensive peace in the Middle East through his participation in a tripartite summit with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 9, 2010.

They lauded the patronage of Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman of the signing ceremony of the Free Trade Agreement between the GCC member states and the European Free Trade League Association (AFTA) which was signed on June 22, 2009.

Al-Atiyyah then gave an account on the council's achievements since the convening of the 30th summit in Kuwait, citing the establishment of the Customs Union, GCC Common Market, GCC Monetary Council and paving the way for the establishment of the GCC Central Bank, the launching of an unified currency, railway network and other investment projects.

Also reviewed during the meeting were the overall situations in the region, particularly the UAE Iran-occupied islands, Iran's nuclear file, the issue of Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia.

On the three UAE islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu-Musa, he said the leaders reiterated their position in support of UAE sovereignty over the territory and its call for peaceful solution either through direct negotiations between the two parties or resort to international arbitration.

On Iran's nuclear file, they reiterated their commitment to the principles of respecting the international legitimacy of solving disputes through peaceful means, noting the importance of making the Middle East nuclear free of mass destruction weapons and nuclear weapons and welcoming the current international efforts to reach a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear file.

On Iraq, they underscored the importance of respecting Iraq's unity, sovereignty and independence and preserving its Arab and Islamic identity and non-interfering in its internal affairs, hoping that the recently-concluded elections would give birth to a national government to lead the country to a safe haven.

On Palestine, the leaders expressed profound concern over the continuation of Israeli siege on the Palestinian people in Gaza and the Israeli government's decision to displace tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, hoping that indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian parties could reach their projected peace goals.

The leaders of GCC denounced the Israeli threats against Syria and Lebanon and its continuing attempts to destabilize security in the region.

On The Sudan, they expressed solidarity with the Republic of The Sudan, lauding the efforts being exerted by the Sudanese government to solve the problem in Darfur, confirming their support for the unity of Sudan and hoping that all efforts aiming at solving the crisis in Darfur would combine with the Qatari endeavor in this regard.

On Somalia, the leaders urged the disputing parties in Somalia to achieve national reconciliation and preserve the unity of their country, reiterating call for all Somali parties to stop violence and refrain from whatever derails the efforts of national reconciliation. They called on the world community to support the legitimate government of Somalia led by Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and provide whatever contributes to the stability and security of Somalia.

On the issue of combating terrorism, the GCC leaders confirmed their firm position rejecting violence, extremism and terror and supporting the regional and international efforts aiming at combating terrorism. They emphasized the importance of activating the resolutions and statements issued by regional and international organizations and conferences regarding the fight against terrorism.

They also expressed concern over the continuation of sea piracy in water passages in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, noting the importance of intensifying regional and international efforts to confront piracy operations.

The leaders extended thanks to and appreciations of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to them during their stay in their country the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.