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GCC Foreign Ministers call for peaceful settlement of Iranian nuclear file

posted on 07/07/2007: 699 views

Riyadh - GCC foreign ministers ended yesterday their 103rd session held under the chairmanship of Prince Saud Al Faisal, Saudi Foreign Minister. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, took part in the meeting. The foreign ministers, at the final communiqué, issued at the end of their meeting, voiced condolences to the Omani government and people over the victims of the cyclone Gonu which hit the sultanate recently.

The final communiqué highlighted the efforts made by the GCC members to fight terrorism, and said collective international efforts should be exerted to uproot the phenomenon of terrorism which has been undermining the global peace and security and impeding the march of development and progress. The communiqué underlined the importance of activating Riyadh declaration issued by the international conference for combating terrorism. The GCC foreign ministers reiterated the right of the UAE to restore its three islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa - occupied by Iran and said :'The three islands are indivisible part of the UAE'.

They urged Iran to positively respond to the efforts of the UAE and the international community to settle the issue through direct negotiations of referring the case to the International Court of Justice. They also regretted the lack of progress in regards to regional and international contacts with Iran in this respect. At the outset of the session, the Saudi Foreign Minister delivered a speech in which he highlighted positions on the region's issues.

On the Palestinian issue, Prince Saud called on the Palestinians to adhere to the Makkah agreement and stressed the importance of the speedy implementation of the task of the Arab committee which was charged with investigation of the regrettable events in Gaza. On Iraq, the foreign ministers said security and stability in Iraq require speeding the process of reviewing the constitution in a way that bolsters national reconciliation and underlines feeling of citizenship as a basis for national loyalty.

In regard to Lebanon, the foreign minister called on the Lebanese to conduct a national dialogue and agree on a compromise solution.

Turning to the Iranian nuclear file, the Saudi minister called for adherence to the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and making the Middle East free of all mass destruction weapons. He stressed the importance of applying these criteria and measures to all countries in the region including Israel. The foreign minister added that the region's countries have the right to gain expertise in the field of nuclear power according to the known criteria of the IAEA. He went on saying :"We hope that the problem of the Iranian file will be addressed through peaceful means and diplomatic channels. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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