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Study for common nuclear program for GCC states progressing - Attiyah

posted on 07/05/2007: 583 views

Secretary General of GCC states Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah said yesterday that he has briefed President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the progress made so far in the study about a proposed common nuclear program for GCC states for peaceful purposes. The discussions with International Atomic Energy Agency officials are going on well in the framework of the deliberations taken at the' Jabir summit" held in Riyadh in December last year.

In an interview with WAM, Attiyah said that his meeting with the President which comes in preparation for the forthcoming consultative summit of the GCC heads of states was very fruitful. Several regional and international issues were discussed in the meeting during which Sheikh Khalifa shared his wise opinions, he added.

H.H. the President put forward several valuable directives to strengthen GCC states in its march to become a powerful entity, Attiyah said. He recalled the inception of the GCC in 1981 from Abu Dhabi, with a great vision of prosperity for all the member states. He welcomed the bilateral treaty between UAE and Saudi Arabia easing up travel requirements between the two countries, and asked other member states to follow the suit.

"This is a pre-requisite for the Gulf Common Market we are going to announce in the Muscat summit", Attiyah said Attiyah agreed that there are several impediments on the road to accomplish stronger cooperation among member states.

"But these impediments are only technical which slow down the implementation of many decisions within their time frames. They are never impediments in the desire, vision and strategy" Attiyah reminded.

"If we look back we can be proud of scores of achievements we have made in our march to common strength", he added We have to approach every plan in a strategic perspective, freeing ourselves away from technical calculations in the short run, then only we can harvest many of our aspirations in the long run" He said.

Speaking on Iran's nuclear program, Attiyah said that we have to resort to peaceful means to find a better solution. "The region is not capable enough to bear anymore clashes and disputes." Iran is related to us by faith and neighbourhood. We believe that the well-being of the country and the region lies in peace, not destruction.

Iran has every right to use the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. But it has to prove its good intentions too, Attiyah said.

He welcomed more cooperation between Iran and the neighbouring countries, both political and economic. "Experiences have taught us that clashes wont give us nothing but destruction" Attiyah noted. He called for unified attempts to make the region completely free from weapons of mass destruction.

"But this won't happen unless Israel accepts to join the nuclear non proliferation treaty, and abide by its rules without hesitation. All its installations should be facilitated to full inspection by concerned agencies. Any exception given to Israel will upset the balance of justice and peace in the region", Attiyah reminded.

Speaking on Iraq, Attiyah said that the Sharm Al Sheikh was not fruitful to come up with practical plans to save the people of Iraq from the present ordeal. "The conference was satisfied with text resolutions prepared earlier" Attiyah said. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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