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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 11/12/2013

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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) On behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, led Oman's delegation to the 34th Summit of GCC Leaders that began in Kuwait City on Tuesday.

Upon his arrival, Sayyid Fahd issued a statement in which he stressed on the need for all to work closely in various sectors such as trade, science and culture.

Later, delivering the opening address at the summit, Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed al Jaber al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, said, ''The human catastrophe is still ongoing in Syria which calls on us to double our efforts and work with the international community, especially the UN Security Council which has remained unable to put an end to this tragedy.''

Sheikh Sabah issued the plea as Ahmad Jarba, leader of Syria's main opposition National Coalition, attended the opening of the summit and delivered a speech in which he appealed for urgent help from Gulf states.

Sheikh Sabah also stressed on the need for consultation on different issues to enhance solidarity among the GCC countries.

He expressed satisfaction on the Iranian nuclear deal and hoped that it would lead to a permanent agreement which would go a long way in defusing tension in the region.

While praising the efforts made by the US administration to revive Middle East talks, Sheikh Sabah stressed that the regional countries will not enjoy peace with Israel unless it agrees to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Meanwhile, Sayyid Fahd's statement said: ''It is a great honour to take part with the accompanying delegation, on behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, in the meetings of the 34th GCC Summit being held in Kuwait. I convey the greetings of His Majesty the Sultan to the GCC leaders and best wishes for the summit to achieve progress and development in the region.

''The GCC march has witnessed many social and economic achievements that led to closer relations among countries of the Council. Still, the developments witnessed by the international and regional arenas and the shadows of the same on all countries of the region, require  collaboration to limit their effect on security and stability. We need to work closely with international groups in areas like trade, science and cultural exchange to bring benefit to all parties.

''We need to provide more support to the Gulf youths and help them to shape their future in a way that meet their needs. The sultanate reaffirms its full support to ensure the success of the efforts made to promote the Gulf march through the existing system of the Council to achieve everything that realises the aspirations of the countries of the region.''

The summit will end on Wednesday


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