GCC leaders conclude urgent summit in Makkah

MAKKAH, Leaders of the Gulf Coopretaion Council (GCC) member countries concluded an urgent summit in Makkah on Thursday, held to discuss threats facing the Gulf region and the Middle East in general.

The leaders, convening at the request of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulziz, discussed impacts of attacks on commercial ships off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Iranian-backed Houthi attacks on two oil pump stations in Saudi Arabia.

The Arab Gulf leaders also discussed ramifications of these attacks on regioal and international peace and security, as well as on stability of oil supplies and markets.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz said at the opening of the summit “behavior” of the Iranian regime and its threat to regional security were blatant violation of international agreements, urging the international community to put end to Tehran’s threats to security of the area.

He said te GCC countries have succeeded in the past in overcoming many challenges facing their security and stability, and achieved economic and social development.

The six GCC countries, he said, “will work together to confront all challenges and threats in a decisive manner.” Leaders of the Arab countries will also hold an urgent summit following the GCC meeting to discuss how to unify positions vis-a-vis major challenges.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is heading Kuwait’s delegation to the summits.

The two GCC and Arab League summits are held a day before a regular summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Source: Kuwait News Agency