| 19 May 2024, Sunday |

Gulf leaders conclude GCC summit in Riyadh, calling for unity, solidarity

In the final communique of the Riyadh Declaration issued at the annual GCC summit on Tuesday, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders emphasized the importance of accurate, complete, and continuous implementation of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s vision of GCC unity, solidarity, and stability.

The summit, the 42nd Session of the GCC Supreme Council, was held in Diriyah Palace in Riyadh, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain are among the GCC countries.

According to the communique, King Salman’s vision promotes economic unity, a joint defense and security system, and the coordination of stances to strengthen GCC solidarity and stability, preserve interests, avoid regional and international conflicts, meet GCC citizens’ aspirations, and strengthen the GCC’s regional and international role by unifying political stances and developing political partnerships at the regional and international levels.

GCC Secretary-General Nayef al-Hajraf read the final communique.

According to the statement, GCC leaders confirmed that any assault on one of the GCC states is an attack on all of them, and that “any danger that threatens one of them threatens all of them.”

According to the news agency, they reiterated the GCC member nations’ commitment to joint action against all dangers and challenges.

Changes in the climate

According to SPA, the Gulf leaders “emphasized the importance of strengthening joint cooperation and coordinating plans aimed at achieving sustainability and dealing with climate change and its consequences, as well as promoting joint action among GCC countries to implement the circular carbon economy approach launched by Saudi Arabia during its G20 presidency.”

According to the communiqué, the appropriate committees are tasked with putting in place the required processes to achieve the greatest outcomes in terms of environmental protection and profiting from Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Green Saudi and Green Middle East programs.

The statement also emphasized the significance of boosting collaboration to “continue combatting the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the importance of supporting the process of collective action to battle epidemics and illnesses, and similar rules in the future if they emerge,” according to SPA.

They went on to say that they support the development of appropriate policies and plans to deal with similar situations in the future, in order to combat them and deal with the economic and social consequences, travel conditions, and mobility among GCC nations.

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