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GCC Summit opens in Doha

posted on 04/12/2007: 950 views



Doha - The 28th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) opened here today amid participation of leaders of the six member countries. Other dignitaries at the summit included the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The UAE delegation to the summit is headed by President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

In his opening remarks, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani praised the progress by the GCC states during the last two decades. He cautioned however that past achievement were still below the expectations of the GCC peoples.

Citing the challenges facing the GCC regional such as the war in Iraq, the Iranian nuclear programme and conflict in the Middle East, Sheikh Hamad stressed the need to address these issues peacefully, adding that the region cannot afford more tensions which could retard the development and progress of the region. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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