The 42nd Summit of the High Council for Gulf Cooperation (GCC) was held this Tuesday, in the city of Al ‘Ula, in the north-west of Saudi Arabia with the participation of the leaders of its member states, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. The summit has reaffirmed its positions and its firm decisions in favor of the Moroccan Sahara and the preservation of the security and stability of the Kingdom of Morocco and of its territorial integrity.
This is what emerges from the final declaration, read by the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Nayef bin Falah Al-Hajarf, at the end of the work of this forty-second summit of the GCC. The declaration also welcomed the Security Council resolution n ° 2602 of October 29, 2021 concerning the Moroccan Sahara. The Supreme Council also underlined the importance of the special strategic partnership between the Cooperation Council and the Kingdom of Morocco as well as its effective implementation.
The High Council of the GCC is the highest authority and is made up of the leaders of the six states. It meets periodically (annually) and, during its 42nd session, entered its fifth decade of service.
Placed under the sign of the ” hope that the decisions of the Summit of the leaders of the countries of the Council will lead to the impetus for joint action to strengthen the security and stability of the Gulf region », The summit had never since 2017, brought together so many leading figures. In addition, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia said Tuesday at the Arab Gulf summit that Iran’s nuclear and missile programs should be addressed ” seriously and effectively As part of global efforts to rekindle a nuclear pact with Tehran.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaking ahead of a closed-door session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, said Riyadh, which has launched its own direct talks with Iran, supports resolving the conflict through dialogue.
For the United Arab Emirates (UAE) it was Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Emir of Dubai, who led the UAE delegation to the summit. He had been received in Saudi Arabia by the Crown Prince himself, who also hosted the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and the Crown Prince of Kuwait, Mishaal Al Jaber Al Sabah upon their arrival in Riyadh.
The closing notes read by the secretary general of the GCC, underlined the importance of the joint efforts of the Gulf States to face threats and avoid regional and international conflicts. ” The member states of the GCC consider that any attack against one of them is an attack against them all, and any danger which threatens one of them threatens them all. “, did he declare.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had visited the Gulf states ahead of the summit as part of a tour to highlight solidarity as world powers seek to rekindle a nuclear pact with Iran, in a context Gulf’s growing uncertainty over the US role in the region.
The tough new Iranian president has said his foreign policy priority will be to improve relations with Gulf neighbors. SG Nayat Al-Hajraf told Saudi television ahead of the summit that Iran should first ” offer indications of good intentions “.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said earlier that the summit comes at a delicate and sensitive time, with security in the region a key item on the agenda.