GCC Summit stresses the need for integration among members

The 40th session of the GCC Supreme Council concluded here yesterday with the final statement emphasising the necessity of achieving co-ordination, integration and interdependence among the GCC countries in all fields to attain unity.

The statement also underlined that the GCC countries stand united in the face of the attacks which Saudi Arabia was subjected to this year, which embodies the defence policy of the Gulf Co-operation Council based on the principle of integrated and equal collective security principle, and the principles contained in the joint defence agreement approved in 2000.

The statement underscored that the security of the GCC states is an indivisible unit, indicating that any aggression against a GCC member-state is an aggression on all members. The statement noted the measures undertaken by the GCC countries as a result of the navigational attacks in the Gulf countries and the oil installations in Saudi Arabia, explaining that these steps confirmed the GCC states’ keenness on stabilising oil markets and the recovery of the global economy by preserving the interests of producing and consuming countries in co-operation and co-ordination with the active forces in the international community.

Meanwhile, the statement underlined that the challenges facing the region emphasise the paramount importance of strengthening the mechanisms of co-operation between the GCC states in all areas, achieving the maximum stages of integration and interdependence between the GCC people, upholding the role of the co-operation system in maintaining security, stability and prosperity in the region, and activating the mechanisms of strategic partnerships and co-operation that link the GCC system with brotherly and friendly countries.

The council praised the endeavours and sincere efforts exerted by the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah to bridge the rift that has marred the relations between the member-states, and expressed its support for these efforts and the importance of continuing them within the framework of the a united GCC. The council also praised the success of the 24th Arabian Gulf Cup which was hosted by Qatar, and the distinct organisation and efforts exerted by the country to make this championship a success.

The statement highlighted the need to achieve economic unity by accelerating the completion of the necessary legislation and decisions to implement the remaining steps of the economic integration between the member states, including the customs union, the common market and the financial and monetary integration, in order to achieve the full Gulf citizenship and economic unity by 2025.

On the necessity of completing the requirements of global competitiveness, the statement stressed the GCC countries’ endeavours to achieve advanced positions globally through an integrated management under the umbrella of the Gulf Co-operation Council, to formulate modern methods in addressing future files and including them in all the plans presented.
The most important plans are the exploitation of science and technology supported by research to find solutions to common challenges facing the region, such as securing water, energy and agriculture, communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as encouraging the youth by promoting awareness about the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship among all segments of society, especially university students, and the development of infrastructure and legal and regulatory legislation which contributes to empowering innovators, as well as co-operation with government and private agencies, investment programmes and international funds to support and finance emerging youth projects and encourage common projects among the GCC youth.

The statement also stressed the importance of promoting strategic partnerships, noting that the challenges facing the region require strengthening co-operation and partnership, raising levels of economic, cultural, security and political co-ordination with all brotherly and friendly countries and effective regional and international systems, completing free trade negotiations and implementing joint action plans in a way that is beneficial to the GCC citizens and enhances the international standing of the GCC and its role in regional and global issues.

The GCC leaders underlined the keenness to preserve the strength and cohesion of the Gulf Co-operation Council and the unity of the ranks among its members, and to maintain this region as an oasis of stability, security, economic prosperity and social peace.

The GCC Supreme Council affirmed its steadfast positions on the Palestinian cause as the first Arab and Muslim issue, and its support for the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people over all the occupied Palestinian territories since June 1967, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the return of refugees according to the Arab Peace Initiative, international references and international legitimacy resolutions, stressing the necessity of activating the efforts of the international community to resolve the conflict in a way that preserves all the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people.

Earlier, Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani represented Qatar at GGC summit in Riyadh.

Commissioned by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani is heading Qatar’s delegation at the meeting of the 40th Session of the GCC Supreme Council, which is being held today in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will not attend the Gulf summit in Riyadh on Tuesday, dampening hopes of reconciliation between Doha and a Saudi-led bloc.

The emir named Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani to lead the Qatari delegation to the summit of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, the official Qatar News Agency reported.

Sheikh Abdullah will be the most senior Qatari official to attend the gathering of Gulf leaders since the emir attended a 2017 summit held in Kuwait, at which Riyadh and its allies sent more junior officials.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and non-GCC Egypt cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar in June 2017 over allegations of supporting terrorism. Doha denies the accusations and says the boycott aims to impinge on its sovereignty.

Last week, Qatar’s foreign minister told a conference in Rome that the Gulf crisis has “moved from stalemate to progress”. He also admitted that talks had taken place between Doha and Riyadh but did not provide further details.

Some observers said the summit could pave the way for a “reconciliation conference”.

Others remain sceptical, saying Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s written invitationto Sheikh Tamim was only following protocol.

Qatar’s prime minister attended a series of talks in Saudi Arabia in May, one of the first high-level contacts of the two-year boycott.

Source: QNA, Al Jazeera