GCC Foreign Ministers condemn Iranian interference

April 3, 2011

The Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held a special session at the headquarters of the GCC General Secretariat in Riyadh today, under the chairmanship of UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. The meeting participants included Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal; Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa; Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah; Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani; Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah; and GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.

The Ministerial Council reviewed the latest developments in the region and expressed deep concern over the continuation of Iranian interference in the internal affairs of GCC countries. They condemned Iranian actions aimed at destabilizing national security and spreading division and sectarian strife in GCC countries, in violation of their sovereignty, the principles of good neighborliness, international norms and laws and the charters of the United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

In particular, the Council criticized Iran’s blatant interference in the affairs of Kuwait through the planting of spy networks on its territories. The Council emphasized the support of all GCC countries for the actions taken by Kuwait to protect its national security, stressing the interdependence and collective security of GCC countries. In the same context, the Ministerial Council denounced the false accusations contained in the irresponsible statement issued by the Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy of the Iranian Shoura Council regarding Saudi Arabia, characterizing it as a hostile and provocative attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of GCC countries.

The Ministerial Council welcomed the return of calm and stability to Bahrain, praising the wisdom of its leadership and the loyalty of its people. The Council strongly condemned Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain, while reaffirming the legitimacy of the Peninsula Shield Forces’ presence in Bahrain upon its request, based on the texts of GCC joint defense agreements.

Finally, the Ministerial Council expressed its deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in Yemen. It called upon all parties to quickly return to the table of national dialogue in order to reach agreement on national goals and needed reforms and to achieve a comprehensive agreement that restores public peace and provides the Yemeni people with the desired reforms and stable, secure and decent lives. The Council stressed its respect for the will and choices of the Yemeni people and the importance of preserving the unity, stability and security of their country.