The 42nd Gulf Summit kicked off today, Tuesday, at Diriyah Palace, north of Riyadh, headed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in the presence of the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries or their representatives, to discuss strengthening joint cooperation, facing challenges, and focusing on the future.
In his speech at the end of the open session, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomed the participating delegations, stressing the need for the GCC countries to unite and unite in the face of challenges, after four decades of the establishment of the Council.
He praised the solidarity that led to the success of the outcomes of the AlUla summit, noting that the council had achieved many achievements.
He also made it clear that his country continues to enhance security and stability in the region.
He stressed the importance of completing the Gulf economic union, saying: “We are looking forward today to building a prosperous economic bloc, and this requires creating a stimulating environment that depends on diversifying sources of income.”
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On the other hand, he stressed the importance of supporting the stability of Iraq.
He also noted the need to reach a political solution in Yemen, noting that dialogue is the best way to resolve conflicts.
He emphasized Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in overcoming challenges.
Iran and Afghanistan nuclear file
He also pointed out the importance of dealing seriously with Iran’s nuclear file.
In addition, he stressed the need to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a source of threat to the region.
In turn, the King of Bahrain stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia’s role in overcoming challenges, stressing the need to adhere to the contents of the Al-Ula summit statement.
On the other hand, Nayef Al-Hajraf, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, considered that the security of the GCC states is an indivisible whole, considering the internal security of the Gulf as an interconnected system to confront all challenges.
He praised the results of the Saudi Crown Prince’s recent Gulf tour.
Delegations from 6 countries
It is noteworthy that the delegations participating in the 42nd Gulf Summit, arrived on Tuesday evening, to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and were received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, representative of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Crown Prince of Kuwait Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah arrived to participate in the Gulf Summit in Riyadh.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman also received the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa.
It is noteworthy that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman concluded before the end of last week a Gulf tour that he started from the Sultanate of Oman, the Emirates, through Qatar and Bahrain, to Kuwait, in order to emphasize the importance of the solidarity of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and to expand the circle of strategic partnerships.
The final statements in the five countries emphasized strengthening cooperation among the GCC states, maintaining the region’s security and stability, developing its economies and achieving Gulf visions.