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GCC leaders conclude consultative summit

posted on 16/05/2007: 717 views

Riyadh - GCC leaders have expressed hope that the historic visit of the Iranian President to the UAE would help bring a breakthrough in the conflict over the three UAE islands. The GCC leaders, who concluded their 9th Consultation Summit here Tuesday, reiterated their unequivocal support of the UAE sovereignty over the three islands and renewed their call on Iran to resolve the conflict through direct negotiations or refer it to the International Court of Justice.

GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah said the leaders also called for a peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear dossier, to spare Iran and the region more tensions.

The leaders, according to Al Attiyah, expressed satisfaction at the progress made toward enhancing integration amongst the GCC member states. They urged their ministers to expedite measures for creating the customs union and the GCC common market.

Al Attiyah further disclosed that the GCC leaders reviewed the unfortunate developments in Palestine and emphasized the need for adherence to the Makkah accord in order to close the Palestrina ranks.

On the Mideast peace process, Al Attiyah said they voiced satisfaction at the positive international reaction to the Arab peace initiative. The leaders expressed hope that this would soon translate into practical steps to drive the peace process.

On Iraq, the leaders decried the surge in sectarian strife and terrorism, and called on the Iraqi government to expedite national reconciliation, amend the constitution, ensure fair distribution of wealth and introduce other political and economic reform. They also warned against foreign interference in Iraq's internal affairs.

Al Attiyah also said the leaders had been briefed on the visit of the Iranian President to the UAE. The visit echoed Iran's keenness on enhancing its relations with the GCC countries. He also disclosed that the leaders discussed about the recent visit of the US Vice President to the region, without going into details due to time constraints.

Asked whether the Summit had discussed the potentials of a US military strike against Iran, the GCC Secretary General said: "The GCC countries stand firmly against the use of force." (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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