Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Leaders endorsed the proposal of HRM King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to form a “single entity”.
“The GCC Leaders welcomed and blessed the proposal of King Abdullah, the current Chairman of the Supreme Council, on the transition from the stage of cooperation to the stage of unity,” GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al-Zayani said, reading the communiqué of the 32nd session of the Supreme Council and the Riyadh Declaration.
Earlier this week, King Abdullah said the security of Saudi Arabia and its Arab neighbors was being targeted, and called on Gulf Arab states to “move beyond the stage of cooperation and into the stage of unity in a single entity”.
The GCC Leaders directed the Ministerial Council to form a specialist commission to study the proposal and provide a preliminary report by March.
After the conclusion of the two-day GCC summit (Riyadh, 19-20 December), Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Saud Al-Faisal said that Syria must embrace all of the Arab League plan it has signed, which calls for pulling troops from population centers, releasing prisoners and engaging in dialogue with opposition forces.
A communiqué issued at the conclusion of the GCC summit also called on Iran to stop meddling in the internal affairs of the group’s members. “Stop these policies and practices… and stop interfering in the internal affairs” of the Gulf nations, said the communiqué.
The GCC also expressed concern over attempts by Iran to “instigate sectarian strife”.
It expressed support for a Kuwaiti port project and urged Baghdad to step up its efforts to normalize ties with its Iraqi neighbor.
“The GCC supports Kuwait concerning the Mubarak Al-Kabir port since it will be built on Kuwaiti land and within its territorial waters,” said the communiqué.
It also urged Iraq to “implement its international commitments toward Kuwait” in a bid to “enhance trust between the two countries and strengthen their relations.”
Source: Saudi Gazette