Economic integration

Gulf Summit: solidarity, stability, economic integration

At the end of the 42nd Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh on Tuesday, Gulf leaders affirmed the importance of accurate and comprehensive implementation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s vision. They also stressed the importance of pursuing economic, defense and security integration.

The leaders approved the coordination of positions to enhance stability in the GCC countries and ensure the best interests of the six council members. This would help the Gulf States avoid regional and international conflicts.

Apart from realizing the aspirations of the peoples of the GCC countries, it would also strengthen the regional and international role of the GCC states.

At Diriyah Palace in Riyadh, the summit focused on solidarity, stability and economic integration. Its final communiqué underlined the importance of “unifying political positions and developing political partnerships at regional and international levels”.

In his speech to Gulf leaders, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman touched on several topics, including the Palestinian cause, the Yemeni crisis and the situation in Afghanistan.

On behalf of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince welcomed the Gulf leaders to Saudi Arabia. He thanked Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for his country’s efforts during his chairmanship of the 41st GCC Summit.

He stressed that Saudi Arabia recognizes the importance of seriously and effectively addressing Iran’s nuclear and missile program “in a manner that contributes to the achievement of regional and international security and stability.”

Furthermore, the Crown Prince stressed the importance of “Iraq forming a government capable of working towards the establishment of national security, stability and development.”

As for Yemen, he affirmed Saudi Arabia’s continued support for the efforts of the UN special envoy to reach a political solution to the crisis according to the three references represented in the Gulf initiative.

The Saudi Crown Prince also said the Kingdom is following developments in Afghanistan, urging regional and international efforts to come together and provide humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

He also stressed that Afghanistan should not become a haven for terrorist organizations.

The summit’s final communiqué, read by Nayef Al-Hajraf, Secretary General of the GCC, said additional teamwork would be needed to meet future challenges and underscored the importance of enhancing opportunities for women and men. youth and for digital transformation in GCC countries.

“The leaders agreed on principles and policies to develop strategic cooperation and integration of economic development among GCC states and to realize the aspirations of their citizens,” Al-Hajraf said.

The Gulf leaders also stressed the importance of strengthening work to implement the circular economy approach.