Emir: Qatar will spare no effort to achieve Gulf interests

 06 Dec 2017 - 8:00

Emir: Qatar will spare no effort to achieve Gulf interests
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is received by the Emir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, at Bayan Palace in Kuwait, yesterday.

The Peninsula

Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday participated in the 38th session of the Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which took place at Al Tahrir Hall at Bayan Palace in Kuwait. 

The Emir affirmed that the State of Qatar will spare no effort to achieve the best interests of the peoples of the Gulf and the peoples of the Arab and Islamic nations, praying Almighty Allah to grant the Emir of Kuwait H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah the best of health, and to achieve prosperity and progress for the State of Kuwait under his wise leadership. 

The session was attended by the official delegation accompanying the Emir, which included H H Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Personal Representative of the Emir, as well as a number of Their Excellencies ministers. 

Earlier, on arrival in Kuwait for the Summit, the Emir said he hoped that the summit which was taking place amid critical conditions in the march of the GCC and amid regional challenges would result in outcomes that contribute to maintaining security and stability of the region as well as achieving the aspirations of the Gulf peoples towards deepening cooperation and solidarity and reaching the desired goals of the council.

The Emir and the accompanying delegation were received by Kuwait Emir. The Emir extended his and the Qatari people’s sincere greetings to HH Emir of Kuwait and the fraternal Kuwaiti people, wishing him health and wellbeing and further wishing his country progress and prosperity under his wise leadership. The Emir prayed that they would succeed in achieving  the good for the Gulf, Arab and Muslim peoples.

Gulf Summit which was cut short from two days to one day passed Kuwait Declaration which stressed the crucial role of the Gulf Cooperation Council in maintaining security and stability in the region, combating terrorist organisations and extremist ideology in defence of Arab values and the principles of the Islam based on moderation and tolerance.

The Emir left Kuwait after attending the Gulf Summit. The Emir sent a cable to the Emir of Kuwait, in which H H the Emir expressed thanks and appreciation for the hospitality and appreciation he received during his participation in the 38th session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and praised the efforts of the Emir of Kuwait aiming to enhance cooperation and solidarity among GCC countries and to consolidate security and stability in the region. 

Opening the session, Kuwait Emir H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah affirmed that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) would carry on its leading role in the region despite the numerous challenges and upheavals.

The holding of the summit proves to the world that the GCC, as an important entity, needs to continue to address the needs of the people of the region, said H H the Emir.

H H the Emir of Kuwait touched on the Gulf countries’ joint accomplishments since the formation of the council, adding that the future still holds more goals to achieve and milestones to surpass. Uniting the Gulf countries efforts against regional and international challenges will ensure the security and stability of the council, H H the Emir affirmed.

Concerning the peace process in the Middle East, H H the Emir of Kuwait expressed hopes that such stalemate in the process be moved forward in order to reach a just and everlasting peace agreement for the sake of substantiating the stability of the region and the world in accordance to the Arab peace initiative and international resolutions in this regard. H H the Emir of Kuwait called for the formation of a committee that will look into modifying the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) statute. “Any dispute on the Gulf level must not affect the continuation of the summit,” said H H the Emir. He noted that despite “negative developments and sorrowful events” over the last six months, GCC leaders managed to calm the situation which is an important step in addressing the recent feud. 

Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also attended the dinner banquet hosted by H H the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah at Bayan Palace in honor of Their Highnesses and Excellencies heads of the delegations taking part in the 38th session of the Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Kuwait Declaration stressed the crucial role of the Gulf Cooperation Council in maintaining security and stability in the region, combating terrorist organisations and extremist ideology in defense of Arab values and the principles of the Islamic religion based on moderation and tolerance.

The Declaration stressed the need to recognize the challenges that threaten the security and stability of the region and the importance of adhering to the GCC process, and the importance of enhancing collective action and mobilizing common energies to face all challenges and fortifying the GCC countries against its repercussions, in order to meet the aspirations of GCC citizens.

The Declaration called on writers, media and thinkers to take responsibility in front of GCC citizens and to play a constructive and effective role to support and strengthen the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) process to achieve the common interests of its countries and peoples and to submit constructive proposals for the completion of the plans and projects adopted during the Gulf joint action.