GCC leaders conclude 30th summit
December 15, 2009
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and other delegation heads held their second closed-door session at the 30th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Kuwait today. Afterwards, the summit was concluded with the reading of the “Declaration of Kuwait” by Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The final communiqué touched on a broad range of regional issues, involving the security, economic, political, legal, cultural, educational, religious, scientific, and developmental fields.
The GCC leaders reaffirmed their absolute support for the Kingdom’s right to defend its land and its people’s safety, in the wake of last month’s cross-border terrorist attacks emanating from Yemen. A hostile act against the security of any GCC country, they declared, is a threat to the stability of the entire region.
The Declaration welcomed the efforts of GCC states to mitigate the effects of the world financial crisis, expressing confidence in regional economies, which have been strengthened by sound governmental policies.
The GCC’s Supreme Council underlined the significance of promoting inter-faith dialogue, as embodied by the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. However, the communiqué noted, the Council was troubled by the results of a public referendum that banned the construction of minarets in Switzerland, calling it an “unacceptable” approach that discriminates against Islam. The Council called on Switzerland, as well as the international community, to intensify efforts to safeguard religious rights and protect places of worship.
The GCC reviewed practical steps taken in the area of military cooperation, ratifying a defensive strategy that involves upgrading the capabilities of the joint Peninsula Shield, undertaking more joint military projects and sustaining cooperation on the issue of regional arms smuggling.
In the domain of scientific and technological cooperation, the Supreme Council stressed the importance of continuing efforts by GCC states to harness nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.