43rd Gulf Cooperation Council Summit kicks off in Riyadh


The 43rd session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) kicked off at noon on Friday in Saudi capital, Riyadh.

In his speech at the opening of the summit, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that the GCC approved, in its 36th session in 2015, the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques regarding the strengthening of Gulf joint cooperation.

The Crown Prince added that his country intends to present a second vision to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques that reflects these developments and takes into account geopolitical developments the country has been affected by.

He said that he is confident “the close cooperation among Gulf countries will lead to speedy achievement of desired goals.”

The Crown Prince also explained the growing role that the GCC system plays in regional and international issues, rapid economic growth, social and cultural developments GCC countries are experiencing, and the continuous development and strategic capabilities required of GCC countries in all fields.

The Crown Prince added that Gulf countries “affirm the need for a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue in accordance with the international law and Arab peace initiative, to guarantee the right of Palestinian people to establish an independent state with Eastern Jerusalem as the capital”.

He also confirmed Saudi Arabia’s full support towards international efforts to reach a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis.


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