120th GCC Foreign Ministerial Council session held in Jeddah

September 11, 2011

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 120th session of the Ministerial Council of GCC Foreign Ministers, which was held in Jeddah today. The participants included Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al-Thani; Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah; Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa; UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan; Omani Foreign Minister Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah; Moroccan Foreign Minister Al-Tayyib Al-Fassi Al-Fahri; Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Joudeh; and GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al- Zayani.

During the meeting, the Ministerial Council reaffirmed its commitment to the stability and security of Bahrain and expressed support for the measures taken by Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa. It welcomed the elections that are scheduled in Bahrain for later this month, which will contribute to the reform process, as well as the launching of the National Consensus Dialogue and the formation of an independent fact-finding commission.

After the session concluded, a press release was issued outlining the ministers’ positions on a variety of issues, including Arab cooperation, the environment, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, counterterrorism, relations with Iran, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the situations in Yemen, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia.

Regarding the Palestinian issue, the Council expressed support for the ongoing efforts to convince United Nations member states to recognize a Palestinian state based on the pre-June1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital. Noting developments in Syria, the ministers demanded an end to attacks against civilians and called for the implementation of reforms that will achieve security and stability in that country. The Council also expressed concern over the deterioration of the situation in Yemen. Finally, the Council reiterated its support for Libya’s Transitional National Council and welcomed the realization of the will of the Libyan people.