Terrorism was high on the agenda of the two-day six-nation Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) summit that began here late Monday.
Addressing the opening session of the 31st summit of the GCC, the
Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah condemned
the terrorist acts in Saudi Arabia and voiced solidarity with
Riyadh in the fight against all types of terrorism.
Sheikh Sabah said the GCC countries have rejected all kinds of
terrorism and condemned all terrorist actions plotted and carried
out in Saudi Arabia.
A suicide bomber last year injured a member of the Saudi Arabian
royal family in charge of anti-terrorism efforts. The bombing took
place when Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was receiving guests at a
traditional Ramadan gathering at his house in Jeddah.
While Sheikh Sabah regretted the stalled peace process between the
Palestinians and Israelis, he called on the parties concerned,
specially the US and the international community, to force Israel
to halt the settlement activities, and implement UN resolutions
He asked Iran to take steps to end the occupation of the three
United Arab Emirates (UAE) islands - Greater and Lesser Tonbs and
Sheikh Sabah complimented Qatari Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
for winning the bid to host the World Cup 2022, saying it is a
"sport achievement not only for Qatar but the entire Gulf
countries and Arab countries".
Earlier, United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
Al Nahyan inaugurated the summit at the Emirates Palace here.
Welcoming the leaders of GCC states, Sheikh Khalifa said: "In the
name of god I declare the opening of the 31st GCC summit. Peace,
mercy and blessings of god be upon you."
"I am pleased to welcome you in your second home country, the UAE,
and wish success for this meeting."
GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah will be
succeeded by Abdullatif Rashed Al-Zayyani of Bahrain next April.
The GCC was set up by an agreement concluded May 25, 1981 in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia among Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia and UAE because of their special ties, geographic
proximity, similar political systems based on Islamic belief and
common political and strategic objectives.
The summit is being held in Abu Dhabi, the country's largest of
seven emirates with over 1.6 million residents.
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changing taps helped UAE mosque save gallons of water
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for a slum-free India to roll out by January
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provide housing to the urban poor is expected to roll out by
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to the Tehelka reporter who is facing criminal charges for her
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