The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries issued a final communiqué after concluding their 29th summit in Muscat today. The document touched on a broad range of issues.
The GCC’s Supreme Council praised the efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to facilitate interfaith dialogue. It welcomed the success of the International Conference for Dialogue held in Madrid earlier this year, as well as November’s dialogue conference held under UN auspices.
On economic issues, the Council stressed the importance of achieving stable, reasonable oil prices that balance the needs of both producing and consuming countries.
In the field of security, the Council stressed that the GCC renounces all forms of terrorism. It called for boosting international anti-terror cooperation by exchanging information, preventing the use of a country’s soil to prepare, plan or incite terrorist activities and extraditing individuals who are involved in terrorist activity.
Concerning the violence in Gaza, the leaders of the GCC states vowed to put pressure on the permanent members of the UN Security Council to end the crisis. The Supreme Council expressed deep concern over the blatant Israeli aggression and the large numbers of casualties. It called on all Palestinian factions to unite at this critical juncture.
The Council expressed hope that US President-elect Barack Obama will pay close attention to the Middle East peace process and work towards establishing a viable Palestinian state, coexisting in peace beside Israel. It confirmed the readiness of the Arab states to realize a just, permanent and comprehensive peace with Israel based upon the principle of Land for Peace.
The Council called for constructive dialogue between GCC states and Iran, in order to strengthen relations and maintain regional security. It reiterated the call for making the entire Middle East free of nuclear weapons, while acknowledging the right of every country to possess nuclear technology for peaceful usage.
On Iraq, the Council stressed the importance of Iraqi unity, sovereignty and independence from foreign interference. The communiqué called for expediting the process of national reconciliation.