GCC-Turkish Ministerial Meeting on Strategic Dialogue issues joint communiqué

January 29, 2012

The 4th Joint Ministerial Meeting for Strategic Dialogue between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and Turkey concluded in Istanbul yesterday. The GCC delegation was led by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Chairman of the current session of the GCC Ministerial Council, and the Turkish delegation was headed by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. A number of GCC foreign ministers also participated in the meeting, along with GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani. After concluding their deliberations, the delegates released a statement stressing the strength of GCC-Turkish relations and the common desire to enhance cooperation in all fields through strategic dialogue.

The communiqué welcomed the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to create a GCC Union; praised the Saudi King’s promotion of dialogue between civilizations and religions; strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and commended the establishment of the United Nations Center for Counterterrorism; expressed deep concern over the foiled assassination plot targeting the Saudi Ambassador to the United States; supported international efforts to combat maritime piracy; called upon Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty; advocated the continuance of negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear file; stressed the importance of reform, development and justice in the Middle East; voiced deep regret over the bloodshed in Syria; and called for a just and comprehensive Mideast peace that leads to the creations of an independent Palestinian state.