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GCC foreign ministers issue statement on their 134th session in Riyadh

posted on 13/03/2015: 2508 views

RIYADH: The Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States issued here yesterday a press statement at the conclusion of the 134th session of the GCC foreign ministers.

The UAE was represented to the GCC meeting by Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

"The GCC ministerial council held here today its 134th session on 12, March, 2015, under the chairmanship of Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar and Chairman of the current session of the GCC Ministerial Council, and with the participation of the GCC Foreign Ministers and GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani," said the press statement.

In the statement, the Ministerial Council extended condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; the House of Saud and the Saudi people as well as the Arab and Islamic nations on the death of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

"The GCC ministerial council wishes for success for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince.

The Ministerial Council expressed its extreme condemnation of the publication of any offensive cartoons of Prophet Mohammad, Peace Be Upon Him, and emphasised that the cartoons offend the feelings of all Muslims and are a blatant expression of hate and a form of racial discrimination." "The GCC Ministerial Council condemned the false accusations of the Swedish Foreign Minister against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, confirming that these accusations are contrary to all international norms and conventions and constitute an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," added the GCC Ministerial Council's statement The GCC Council also stressed its firm stance against terrorist threats to the region and the world.

The GCC member states are committed to countering "thoughts upon which terrorist groups are based and feed, which have nothing to do with Islam," the statement of the bloc's foreign ministers 134th session said.

"Tolerance and co-existence among nations and peoples are the bases for the GCC s domestic and foreign policies," the statement noted, calling for the joining of forces to face extremism and terrorism "with resolute and firmness." The GCC welcomed in that respect the UNSC resolution 2199 issued last February for drying up the financing of terrorism and tightening control over under the control of terrorists' areas.

It also condemned the brutal acts committed by terrorist organisations, including ISIL (Daesh) against innocent people, and emphasised that escalation of violence and terrorist attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and stability.

The GCC also stressed the importance of bilateral co-operation with Tehran on principles of good neighbourly relations, no interference in internal affairs or the use of power as well as respect to the sovereignty of countries of the region.

It also confirmed the rejection of Iran's occupation of the three UAE islands, Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, and emphasised that the UAE has the right to sovereignty on the its islands, territorial waters, airspace, and continental shelf, and its broader exclusive economic zone.

The GCC foreign ministers also emphasised the importance of relations between GCC and Iran based on good neighbourhood, mutual respect of sovereignty of states in the region, non-interference in internal affairs of the GCC states, and eschewing the use of force and threats.

On Iran's nuclear programme, the GCC foreign ministers emphasised the importance of making the Gulf Region and the Middle East a WMD-zone. Emphasising that all states have the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy, the GCC statement noted that the bloc hopes that the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 would lead to a political agreement that would ensure that Iran's nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes and at the same time allay the environmental concern of the GCC member states.

On Yemen, the ministerial council stressed the commitment by member states to the country's security, stability and legitimacy represented by President Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. It urged for the completion of the political process in the country in line with the GCC Initiative and the outcome of the national dialogue. It renewed its rejection of the coup d'etat against legitimacy in Yemen.

It also urged all Yemeni powers to respond to Hadi's call and attend a proposed Riyadh conference on Yemen. It welcomed Hadi's move to Aden to assume his constitutional powers, which confirmed legitimacy.

On Iraq, the GCC statement underlined support to the country's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, backing efforts by the international coalition to fight terrorism there.

It also condemned the "extremist and terrorist" groups that destroyed antiquities at the National Museum in Mosul as against human civilisation, urging decisive measures in that respect.

The GCC Foreign Ministers reiterated their support for the UN Security Council resolution 2107/2013, which decided unanimously to refer the dossiere of prisoners and missing persons and the return of Kuwaiti property to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) to follow up this matter.

They expressed the hope that the Iraqi government would continue efforts and co-operation with the State of Kuwait and the international community in this regard.

On Syria, the GCC expressed hope that efforts at all levels would lead to a political settlement for the Syrian crisis and the formation of a transitional government with executive powers in line with Geneva.

Referring to Palestine, the statement stressed that comprehensive, just and everlasting peace would not be realised except through a full withdrawal of the Israelis from all Arab territories seized in 1967.

The GCC expressed deep concern over the rising acts of violence and terrorism that threaten Libya's security and stability. It renewed support to the elected parliament and legitimate government, as well as UN efforts to resume a national dialogue for all components of the Libyan people. - Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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