GCC SUMMIT CONCLUDES IN KUWAIT, WITH EMPHASIS ON UNITY, COORDINATION, INTEGRATION

KUWAIT, The 38th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit ended in Kuwait last night, stressing its commitment to unity and keenness to attain further coordination and integration across all sectors.

Announcing the conclusion of the summit, the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, said, GCC leaders exchanged points of view, regarding various challenges facing the region.

Participants of the summit succeeded once again in affirming the strength of “our Gulf entity and its ability to defy challenges,” the Emir said.

The six member nations’ leaders were committed to the GCC’s goals and were convinced that the bloc serves their peoples’ hopes and aspirations, said the summit final communique.

They reiterated support of proposals, including the late Saudi King, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s, to transform the bloc from a council to a union, build a joint defence mechanism and for economic integration.

Describing the Houthi group’s recent killing of Yemen’s former leader, Ali Abdallah Saleh, as a “tragic development,” GCC leaders said, they are following up on the matter with “anxiety.”

The summit also condemned the deadly attack on a mosque, in Egypt’s Al-Arish, in North Sinai, on Nov 24.

On Palestinian affairs, the communique reiterated support of Palestinian statehood, with the capital Jerusalem, according to the 1967 borders, the Arab Peace Initiative and international laws.

It also rejected Israeli practices, that breach international rules and regulations, and aim to alter the legal, diplomatic and political status of Jerusalem.

The GCC Supreme Council welcomed the generous initiative of Kuwait, to host an international donor conference in 2018, to support the stability and reconstruction of liberated areas in Iraq from the Daesh.

On Syria, the Supreme Council affirmed its firm positions on the Syrian crisis and the Geneva resolution, and Security Council resolution 2254, which provides the establishment of a Transitional Authority for the administration of the country, the drafting of a new constitution for Syria and the preparation of elections for a new future for the Syrian people.

On Lebanon, the Supreme Council affirmed GCC’s positions, on the importance of maintaining stability in Lebanon, reiterating its commitment to Lebanon’s security, stability and territorial integrity and supporting its efforts in confronting the Daesh and other terrorist organisations.

The Supreme Council affirmed its rejection of the role of Iran and Hezbollah, in destabilising Lebanon, weakening its political and security institutions, breaking up national unity and fuelling sectarian conflicts.

Source: Nam News Network