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GCC Foreign Ministers meet in Jeddah

Foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries met for their 103rd session today in Jeddah.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal opened the closed meeting by highlighting GCC positions on regional issues.

Commenting on the Palestinian situation, Prince Saud urged Palestinians to adhere to the Makkah Agreement. He also stressed the importance of a speedy implementation of the Arab committee investigation into recent events in Gaza.

On Iraq, Prince Saud said that achieving security and stability there require speeding up the process of reviewing the Iraqi constitution in a way that bolsters national reconciliation and fosters national loyalty.

Turning to Lebanon, the Saudi foreign minister urged Lebanese to engage in a national dialogue and reach a compromise solution.

Regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Prince Saud called for adherence to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requirements expressed the hope that the crisis over Iran would be resolved peacefully through diplomatic channels. He reiterated the Kingdom’s longstanding position advocating a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.