(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) The GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani read Riyadh declaration of the 36th session of the GCC Supreme Council in which he said that the leaders of the GCC Council reviewed in this session the march of joint work political social and economic changes being experienced by the region and the world and their direct repercussions on the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States inspired by the historic role and responsibility of the GCC states as part of the Arab and Islamic nation.
The declaration said that the tolerant religion and goals and objectives of the Statute of the Cooperation Council require the strengthening and promotion of Gulf citizenship and the common interests of the citizens of the GCC states and ties of kinship and history and common destiny among them.
It said that believing in the importance of this blessed march of the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States and strengthening the concept of integration including in all economic political social military and security fields all the way to unity then the need becomes urgent to step up efforts to complete the important steps initiated by the Council towards integration interdependence and communication between the states and their citizens and uphold the status of the Council to promote its international and regional role and improve the performance of the Council's organs to achieve these goals.
The declaration noted that the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the strengthening of integration among the GCC states which was approved by the GCC leaders in this session as the priorities of the GCC joint work over the next year.
It said that it was agreed to complete the remaining requirements of the Customs Union set forth in Article I of the Economic Agreement between the GCC countries including decisive actions to facilitate speed up and simplify customs points between the GCC countries as a prelude to cancellation proceedings and the completion of preferential treatment for GCC nationals and their families in all intra-ports without exception.
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