The 40th meeting of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which concluded in Riyadh, capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, earlier today, December 10, 2019, issued this evening a final communique of its deliberations as follows:
“At a kind invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Supreme Council of the GCC held in Riyadh today its 40th session, under the chairmanship of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the participation of each of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister of the UAE and Governor of Dubai; His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain; His Highness Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Saeed, Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman; His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar; His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait; and His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashed Al-Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
1- The Supreme Council congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on assuming the presidency of the current 40th meeting of the Supreme Council, expressing appreciation of the monarch for the keenness and interest shown in his opening speech for activation of the GCC march in all fields.
2- The Supreme Council expressed its deep appreciation of and gratitude to Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Sultan of Oman, and his esteemed government for the great sincere efforts made during the period of the presidency of the Sultanate of Oman of the 39th session of the Supreme Council, which resulted in implementing important steps and achievements. The Council congratulated the United Arab Emirates on taking over the coming presidency, wishing the UAE all success in consolidating the GCC march in all fields.
3- The Supreme Council affirmed its keenness on the strength, cohesion, and solidity of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the unity of ranks among its members, due to the special relations and common features between them based on the Islamic belief, the Arab culture, the common fate and the unity of purpose that combine its peoples as well as its desire to achieve more coordination, integration and interdependence among them in all fields through the blessed march of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in a way that fulfills the aspirations of GCC citizens. The Supreme Council affirms that its countries stand together in the face of any threat to any of the GCC countries.
4- The Supreme Council hails the good endeavors and sincere efforts made by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of the State of Kuwait to mend fences that marred relations between the member states. The Council expressed its support for these efforts and the importance of continuing them within the framework of the solo Gulf House. The Supreme Council congratulated the Emir of the State of Kuwait on the success of the medical tests he has recently undegone, wishing him every health and wellness.
5- The leaders affirm the necessity of implementing all decisions of the Supreme Council and inked agreements within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council according to their specific timetables and commitment to their contents due to their importance in protecting the security of the member states, maintaining their stability, ensuring their safety and the interests of their citizens, and creating a stable economic and social environment that enhances the well-being of the GCC citizens.
6- The Supreme Council affirms that the sabotage attack on the oil supply facilities to the international markets in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in September 2019 was directed at the international energy supplies, which is a continuation of the previous aggressive acts against Aramco’s pumping stations by Iranian weapons. The Council called upon the international community to assume its responsibilities to condemn those behind these attacks and confront these terrorist acts that affect the global economy, praising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s invitation to the international experts from the United Nations to get reassured on the facts and participate in the investigations. The Supreme Council affirms that the GCC states support the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s procedures in the light of the outcomes of those investigations in order to ensure its security and stability.
7- The Supreme Council directs the competent authorities of the member states, within the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to complete all necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of their territories, territorial waters and economic areas, stressing the importance of the role of the international community in preserving freedom of navigation in the Arabian Gulf and international straits against any threat. The council also praises the United States’ efforts to strengthen its military presence in the region for this purpose.