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GCC defense ministers meet in Riyadh

The Ministers of Defense of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are currently meeting in Riyadh. Following the first closed-door session, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, the leader of the Kingdom's delegation, stated that all participants are demonstrating a high standard of responsibility and solidarity.

Earlier, GCC Secretary-General Jameel Al-Hujeilan spoke at the inaugural session and underscored the importance of enhancing the defensive capabilities of the GCC member states, which, he said, "believe in the principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of others and will never tolerate encroachment upon their rights, potentialities, and proclivities." Calling for enhancing military cooperation among GCC nations, he stated that "effective measures should be taken to confront the challenges they face", and added: "It is to be hoped that this meeting will yield positive results and its resolutions give an impetus to the ongoing efforts for the realization of defensive integration."