Gulf nations say the tolerance and co-existence are part of the grouping’s internal and foreign policy
JEDDAH (WAM) Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States (GCC) have called for uprooting all forms of terrorism and extremism, stressing that the tolerance and co-existence are part of its internal and foreign policy.
The GCC called for concerted regional and international efforts on counter-terrorism to bring all perpetrators to book.
It reiterated its rejection of the occupation of three UAE islands: Tunb Greater, Tunb Lesser and Abu Mousa by Iran.
Foreign Ministers on Saturday commenced the 132nd session of the GCC Ministerial Council at Jeddah Conference Palace, with the participation of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister.
The meeting was chaired by the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait and Chair of the Current GCC Ministerial Council session, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah.
Sheikh Sabah noted that the GCC states are experiencing unprecedented growth of terrorism among groups that hide behind Islam, which they do not even understand its teachings and noble norms.
Sheikh Sabah denounced those groups, which exploit Islam to kill, displace and intimidate innocent people, praising the United Nations Security Council resolution no. 2170 on counter-terrorism, that calls for refraining from funding and arming the criminal terrorist groups.
The GCC supports the UAE sovereignty over the three islands, regional waters, air, continental shelf, economic zone of the three islands, being part of the UAE.
The GCC Ministerial Council closing statement called on Iran to heed calls of the UAE to settle the issue amicably through either direct talks or resorting to the International Court of Justice.
It stressed the importance of relations between the GCC states and Iran based on mutual respect of sovereignty of states in the region, non-interference in internal affairs of the GCC states, and eschew use of force and threats.
The Ministerial Council expressed hopes that the extension of 5+1 with Iran talks on 24th November, would lead to comprehensive deal between the two sides.
It called for making the GCC and the Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction.
Regarding the situation in Syria, the Ministerial Council called for preserving the Syrian sovereignty, its unity, and the need for implementing the Geneva Agreement 1, which calls for power transition. It expressed good wishes for success of Special UN Envoy on Syria, Staffan Domingo de Mistura, calling for removal of all obstacles to get the relief aid to the civilian population.
It welcomed the truce reached on 26th August between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, brokered by Egypt.
The GCC Ministerial Council closing statement called on delivery of relief aid to Gaza Strip, hoping that the truce would put an end to the suffering of Palestinian people and bring about final and just peace. It hold Israel accountable about heinous war crimes committed against the Palestinian people, as well as huge destruction of the infrastructure in Gaza Strip.
Regarding Yemen, it welcomed the call of Yemeni President Abdou Rabu Mansour Hadi for all political and social forces of Yemen to embrace the national reconciliation based on the resolutions of the national dialogue. The Ministerial Council called for completing the transitional period as per the GCC Initiative and its executive mechanism, in a way that realizes aspirations of Yemeni people, and ensures unity, security and stability of Yemen.
On Iraq, the Council congratulated the new Iraq leadership, hoping that the formation of national unity new government with participation of all political spectrum in the political process will safeguard the security, stability and sovereignty of Iraq, and restore its position in the Arab world.
Regarding Libya, the Council called on all political parties to back the elected constitutional and legislative institutions, hoping for implementation of plan presented by the Libyan House of Representatives to stop violence and resume the political process.