2004 News Story
 

05/16/2004
GCC leaders hold sixth consultative meeting in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz headed the Kingdom's delegation to the sixth consultative meeting of the leaders of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which was held in Jeddah today. The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa; Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifah Al-Thani; Prime Minister of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jabir Al-Sabah; Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and Prime Minister and Governor of Dubai Shaikh Maktoom bin Rashid Al-Maktoom; and Fahd bin Mahmood Al-Saeed, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs.


On terrorism, the GCC leaders condemned the recent incidents in Saudi Arabia that led to the murder of innocent people and the intimidation of citizens; stressed their solidarity with the Kingdom; and affirmed that these criminal actions have nothing to do with religion. Referring to terrorism as a global threat, they called for intensive international efforts to combat and eradicate it. In this regard, they welcomed the recent signing in Kuwait of a GCC agreement on fighting terrorism.
Expressing resentment at Israeli state terrorism against the Palestinian people and their leaders, the GCC leaders called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to immediately halt the demolition of Palestinian houses; and stressed that the initiative of Crown Prince Abdullah adopted in the Arab Summit in Beirut, together with the premises of the ‘roadmap’, constitute the optimal solution for achieving a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
On Iraq, the GCC leaders expressed their extreme concern about the continued deterioration of security; strongly denounced the inhuman treatment against Iraqi prisoners; and condemned all acts of terror in that country. Authority, they stressed, must be transferred to the Iraqis, with representation of all classes, equality before the law, and preservation of Iraq's territorial integrity; and the United Nations should play a pivotal role in this process.
The United States' decision to impose economic sanctions against Syria was regretted by the GCC leaders, who expressed the hope that it would be reviewed, and called for the pursuit of constructive dialogue to solve all outstanding issues.
On the current Arab situation, the GCC leaders stressed the need for Arab solidarity, anticipating that the forthcoming Arab Summit will preserve Arab unity and enhance joint Arab action.

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