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Final statement of the GCC summit

posted on 05/12/2007: 884 views

The Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council discussed at the closing session of the 28th summit at Sheraton Hotel here regional and international political issues. The council issued the following communiqué at the conclusion of the summit: It reiterated sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates over its three Islands: greater Tunb, lesser Tunb and Abu Musa and areas around them, including regional waters, continental conclave, air and special economical zone of the three Islands as integral parts of the UAE.

The council called on Iran to respond to the UAE calls on solving the issue through direct negotiations or referral to the International Court of Justice. It called for peaceful solution of the Iranian nuclear standoff, urging Iran to continue dialogue with the international community and welcoming continuous cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The council called on Israel to join the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and subject all its nuclear installations to the IAEA inspection. It called on the international community to exercise pressure on Israel to respond in this regard.

The council called for making the Middle East free from all the weapons of mass destruction, including the Gulf, with undertaking that all countries have right to access experience in field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. This could be made accessible for all in line with pertinent international agreements. It discussed situations in Iraq, Palestine, the Middle East peace, Lebanon, Sudan and Somali. The council ratified the resolutions of periodic sixth meeting of the joint defence council. It assigned a consultative authority to study inflation and soaring prices and their repercussions on citizens.

The council blessed the step reached by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on allowing nationals of the two kingdoms to travel with smart cards. Earlier, the UAE and Sultanate Oman took a similar step. Other GCC countries will follow suit soon. It reiterated the GCC countries' stance on anti terrorism in all forms. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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