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GCC leaders look forward  to better future, security and development as the 37th  GCC summit pledges fight against all threats in the region and continue to ensure development and growth in the member countries….reports Asian Lite News

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States (GCC) have underlined the importance of countering all forms of threats and terrorism to safeguard the safety and security of their states as well as to protect their achievements at the start of the 37th GCC Summit, which is being held in Manama.

The nations stressed the need for tackling of crisis in the region with shared spirit of responsibility, determination, and stepping up efforts to consolidate the foundations of security, stability, development and prosperity.

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain chaired the inaugural session of the 37th GCC Summit, which opened on Tuesday evening at Al-Sakhir Palace, in the presence of the Gulf leaders and the GCC Secretary-General. UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the summit.

King Hamad hailed the landmark strides of the council, which is not just a tool to consolidate achievements, as it gained leverage and morphed into a regional milestone that takes the initiative to maintain security and peace in the region and the world.

“Our meeting convenes in the backdrop of unprecedented political and economic circumstances which affect all countries in the world”, he said, urging highest level of cooperation so that the GCC can pursue its successful march and influential role on the international arena”, he said.

He saluted the establishment of the economic development commission which, he said, serves as a viable mechanism to bolster member states and turn them into a global economic actor, on the basis of productivity, competiveness and steady growth towards enhancing the level of sustainable development.

“GCC’s pivotal and active role in seeking political solutions and initiatives to the crises facing countries in the region and staving off foreign interference in their internal affairs is highly commendable. The dedicated efforts of the member countries to achieve economic development, which contribute to citizens’ prosperity and well-being is also highly worthful.

I salute the establishment of the economic development commission which, serves as a viable mechanism to bolster member states and turn them into a global economic actor, on the basis of productivity, competiveness and steady growth towards enhancing the level of sustainable development”, added King Hamad, while highlighting the recent developments in the GCC countries.

He praised the Arab Security 1, which was held in Bahrain last month, and described the drill “as an essential quantum leap towards strengthening security cooperation,” commending the efficient organisation and the alertness to security dangers surrounding the GCC countries.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud expressed his appreciation to King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the government and people of the Kingdom of Bahrain for the warm hospitality and good reception.

He referred to the sad situation being suffered by some Arab countries, characterised by terrorism, domestic struggle and bloodshed. These were triggered the alliance of terrorism, sectarianism and flagrant interference, leading to destabilisation and breach of security.

King Salman urged the International community to find ways to ensure peace in war hit Countries. Referring to Syria he said, “We are all saddened to see what is happening there, including killings, displacement and suffering of the Syrian people. International community should intensify efforts to stop bloodshed and find a political solution to restore the security and stability as well as preserving the unity and territorial integrity of Syria.”

Addressing the 37th GCC summit held in Manama, The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait said that the region is currently facing grave challenges, citing dwindling oil prices as a major concern. He spoke of notable achievements brought about by joint GCC work, which includes economic gains that represent the aspirations of GCC citizens.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his chairmanship of the previous session of the council, lauding his great efforts and wisdom.

King Hamad chaired the closed session during which the GCC leaders discussed issues on the agenda.