GCC Ministers announce $1.646 billion in aid for Gaza

March 1, 2009

The 110th ordinary session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers concluded in Riyadh today with the announcement of $1.646 billion in aid for reconstruction in the Gaza Strip. In a statement, the GCC ministers declared their intention to establish a five-year program for Gaza reconstruction, to be funded by several Arab countries.

 

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Saudi delegation to the meeting, which touched on a number of topics.

The ministers lauded the call by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz during the Kuwait Economic Summit to work towards Arab reconciliation. In addition, they congratulated Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz on his successful surgery in New York last week.

In its final statement, the Council praised GCC cooperation, demanded that Israel respect Arab rights, welcomed the Palestinian reconciliation conference in Cairo, supported Bahraini sovereignty in the wake of hostile Iranian comments, called for a peaceful resolution of the Iranian nuclear crisis and expressed hope that permanent peace will be achieved in Lebanon, Sudan and Somalia.