Yemen, Syria top agenda at GCC summit in Riyadh

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JEDDAH: Leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will gather in Riyadh on Sunday for a meeting of the GCC’s Supreme Council, chaired by King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

The conflicts in Yemen and Syria, and tension in Iraq, are likely to top the agenda at the summit, the 39th since the GCC was established in 1981.

The leaders “will discuss a number of important issues in Gulf joint action and what has been achieved in the framework of achieving Gulf integration and cooperation in the political, defense, economic and legal fields,” said GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Zayani.

“They will also consider the reports and recommendations submitted by the relevant ministerial committees and the general secretariat,” he said.

The GCC leaders will also discuss the latest regional and international political developments, and the security situation in the region, he said. 

Al-Zayani said there were hopes that the summit would produce constructive and fruitful results that deepen Gulf cooperation and integration in various fields, and realize the aspirations of Gulf state citizens for greater solidarity, cohesion and synergy to face all challenges and maintain the security and stability of the GCC and the region in general.

The previous GCC summit took place in Kuwait in December 2017, and resulted in the Kuwait Declaration, in which the GCC leaders emphasized the role of the GCC and its keenness on preserving the gains and realizing the aspirations of its citizens for further achievements.

The GCC was formally established in May 1981 and consists of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.



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