King Abdullah opens 32nd GCC Supreme Council summit

December 20, 2011

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz opened the 32nd session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh last night. Participants included Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa; Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani; Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum; Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said; and GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.

In his opening address, King Abdullah welcomed his fellow GCC leaders and delegation heads and wished for a successful summit. “We gather here today amid challenges that require our vigilance and at a time that necessitates our unity of rank and word,” he stated. “No doubt, you are all aware that our security and stability are targeted.”

The King continued, “History and experience have taught us not to stop and watch the status quo as whoever follows such behavior will find himself at the end of the queue facing loss and weakness . . . Therefore, let me ask you today to go beyond the stage of cooperation to the stage of union in one entity that achieves good and wards off evil.”

After the conclusion of the opening session, the GCC leaders held a closed-door work session. Then, King Abdullah hosted a dinner in honor of the visiting delegations.