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136th GCC Foreign Ministers Session Concludes in Riyadh




(MENAFN - Qatar News AgencyGulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states' ministers of foreign affairs concluded here tonight their 136th session, chaired by HE Qatar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, in the presence of the GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

The final communique of the session offered deep condolence and consolation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the families of the victims of the falling crane, at the Grand Mosque, in Makkah, praying that may Allah receive them, bestow mercy on the those who died as martyrs and to provide the injured with quick recovery.

It also praised the great development and expansions taking place at the Grand Mosque, expressing confidence in the Saudi authorities to level up to its responsibilities, in tackling this sorrowful accident, supplicating to Allah to save the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people, against any mischief.

The council welcomed the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on Sep. 11, 2015 to raise the Palestinian flag on UN premises, expressed appreciation of countries voted for the resolution, considering it as a significant step in the procession of the Palestinian cause and a victory for diplomatic efforts to gain recognition of their state.

It condemned Israeli occupation violations of Islamic and Christian sacred places, especially the attempts to change the legal status of Al Aqsa Mosque and the ongoing aggression committed by a number of Israeli officials and settlers against the sanctity of Al Aqsa Mosque, in a flagrant violation of simple human rights, exhort the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and to take all necessary measurements that would to protect the Palestinian people.

The council stressed that GCC member countries will continue their participation in the international coalition that's fighting against ISIS.

The next segment of the statement focused on Iran's continued occupation of three Emirati islands. The statement added that GCC members considered any actions taken by Iran on the three islands as void. They also expressed their condemnation Iran's intervening in GCC's internal affairs that jeopardizes the region's security and stability. Such interventions include preparing training camps for terrorist groups and the smuggling of arms and explosives to aid terrorist attack against GCC member countries, the latest of which was in Bahrain.

On Iran's nuclear programme, the statement highlighted the GCC's commitment to the agreement reached between Iran and the 5+1 group in July 2015.

On the Syrian crisis, the ministerial council called on the international community to assume its responsibility in providing care to refugees. They highlighted the GCC's financial support offered to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon among other countries. (MORE) M B The council stressed that GCC member countries will continue their participation in the international coalition that's fighting against ISIS.

The next segment of the statement focused on Iran's continued occupation of three Emirati islands. The statement added that GCC members considered any actions taken by Iran on the three islands as void. They also expressed their condemnation Iran's intervening in GCC's internal affairs that jeopardizes the region's security and stability. Such interventions include preparing training camps for terrorist groups and the smuggling of arms and explosives to aid terrorist attack against GCC member countries, the latest of which was in Bahrain.

On Iran's nuclear programme, the statement highlighted the GCC's commitment to the agreement reached between Iran and the 5+1 group in July 2015.

On the Syrian crisis, the ministerial council called on the international community to assume its responsibility in providing care to refugees. They highlighted the GCC's financial support offered to Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon among other countries.


The GCC Ministerial Council confirmed the steady positions of GCC member states on the importance of adhering to the agreement reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group (5 +1) in July 2015, stressing the importance of the International Atomic Energy Agency's role in this regard and the need to apply an effective mechanism of verifying implementation of the agreement, inspection and monitor all Iranian nuclear sites, including military and re-imposing sanctions quickly and effectively, if Iran violated its obligations under the agreement. It emphasized, too, the importance of the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231 of July 2015 on the nuclear deal, including with respect to the ballistic missiles and other weapons, Saudi Press Agency SPA reported.

The Ministerial Council offered condolences on the Saudi, Emirati, Bahraini and Yemeni martyrs of duty in military operations in the Saudi-led Arab coalition forces in Yemen, stressing that the participation of the armed forces of the GCC countries in Operation Renewal Hope comes in defense of legality, in Yemen and restoring security and stability there, as well as defending the safety and security of the GCC countries.

The Council commended the humanitarian efforts made by the GCC countries to introduce the maximum amount of humanitarian and medical assistance to the Yemeni people, noting the great humanitarian role played by King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid in this regard, calling for the international community to intensify humanitarian assistance in order to alleviate suffering of Yemeni brotherly people.

The Ministerial Council stressed the importance of a political solution in accordance with the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, the outputs of the comprehensive Yemeni National Dialogue, Riyadh Conference and the unconditional implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2216 (2015).



The Council welcomed UN Security Council resolution No. 2235 of August 2015 on the establishment of a joint mechanism between the United Nations and the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to identify those responsible for the use of chemicals, including chlorine gas, during the conflict in Syria.

The Ministerial Council stressed a political solution to the Syrian crisis based on the Geneva statement 1 (June 2012), and without any foreign intervention, stressing the need for all foreign fighters to exit from Syria.

The Ministerial Council condemned once again the continuing racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing and human rights violations against the Rohingya Muslim citizens in Myanmar.


136th GCC Foreign Ministers Session Concludes in Riyadh

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