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Mohammed bin Zayed welcomes GCC leaders to Abu Dhabi summit

posted on 17/12/2005: 728 views

As the UAE prepares for the 26th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which will open here on Sunday, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has welcomed the GCC leaders and wished them every success as they chart a brighter future for the region.

In a statement to WAM, Sheikh Mohammed said: "The UAE under the leadership of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan extends a warm welcome to the GCC leaders as they gather here for their historic summit. We wish them every success as they chart a brighter future for the region. It is also our hope that the summit will propel the GCC march into new horizons,”

Sheikh Mohammed also expressed his hope that the summit would adopt resolutions that ultimately reinforce collective regional cooperation, promote common GCC citizenship, and strongly assert the GCC presence in regional and international circles.

Abu Dhabi, which saw the birth of the GCC in 1981 looks forward to historic resolutions which will serve the greater aspirations and interests of the people of the GCC region, said Sheikh Mohammed.

Sheikh Mohammed added: "As the GCC has just marked its silver jubilee, it is only fitting to pay tribute to one of its chief architects, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who along with other leaders, strove to create and nurture the GCC until it became a viable and strong entity.”

Sheikh Mohammed reiterated the UAE readiness under the leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa to put all its resources under the disposal of the GCC so that the organisation attains more and more gains, much to the expectations and aspirations of the GCC peoples.

Sheikh Mohammed pointed out that this UAE stance has been clearly spelt out on numerous occasions by President Sheikh Khalifa who expressed his keenness to work closely with the GCC leaders with the aim of bringing greater dynamism to the GCC in terms of achieving political, socio-economic and security integration.

Sheikh Mohammed further said: "President Sheikh Khalifa and his GCC colleagues are keen to safeguard the achievements that have been made over the years by the organisation. They are equally keen to protect the political will of the member states and also consult regularly on all challenges facing the region.

More importantly, they are keen to reinforce and maintain the stability and security of the region so that it continues its march towards greater progress and prosperity.”

Sheikh Mohammed pointed out that President Sheikh Khalifa looks forward to a successful summit that would reinvigorate the GCC organs and boost future prospects. The current developments in the region, said Sheikh Mohammed, make it imperative for countries of the region to adopt a common approach on national and regional security issues.

Asked about his evaluation of the GCC achievements over the last 25 years, Sheikh Mohammed said: "I would say that the GCC has been very successful as a regional Arab organisation. First of all, it survived serious domestic and external challenges. Secondly, it not only survived serious crises, notably recent wars, but also asserted its strong presence in regional and global circles,” He further added that despite the visible achievements, there was a need to redouble efforts so as to achieve the ultimate objectives , notably complete integration in various spheres.

On the future prospects, Sheikh Mohammed said: "The GCC should be seen to be implementing its resolutions in a speedy manner. In particular, resolutions on economic, military and security areas should be implemented at a much faster pace. It is also our hope that more coordination will prevail on regional and international issues with greater GCC interest being the main focus. The GCC should also play a proactive role in Arab issues and it should work to make the GCC region a nuke-free zone.” (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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