40th GCC Summit kicks off with attendance of Leaders and Heads of Delegations

40th GCC Summit kicks off with attendance of Leaders and Heads of Delegations

The Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the Arab States started its 40th session under the chairmanship of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the presence of the leaders and heads of delegations of the GCC states at Diriyah Palace here today.

The inauguration session started with a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran.

Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud delivered the following speech:

In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful,

Praise be to Allah, and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and companions.

My brothers, Your Majesties, Highnesses, and Excellencies

Peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

I am pleased at the beginning of the works of this summit to welcome you, wishing you a pleasant stay in your second country, and we hope that our meeting fulfills the hopes and aspirations of GCC citizens.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s hosting of this summit comes in response to the desire of the brothers in the United Arab Emirates that will chair the work of the fortieth session. It is my pleasure here to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to my brother Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his efforts that contributed to the success of the works of the previous Council’s session, and to Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani for efforts exerted during his presidency, and I also congratulate Dr. Naif Al Hajraf on the occasion of being nominated as Secretary General of the Council, wishing him all success.

My brothers, Your Majesties and Highnesses,

Leaders and Heads of Delegations attend the 40th GCC Summit

Our Council has been able since its establishment to overcome crises in the region. Our region today is undergoing circumstances and challenges that call for concerted efforts to confront them, as the Iranian regime continues its hostile actions to undermine security and stability and support terrorism, which requires us to preserve the gains of our countries and the interests of our peoples, work with the international community to stop the interference of this regime, deal seriously with its nuclear program and the program to develop ballistic missiles, and secure energy sources, safety of waterways and freedom of maritime navigation.

My brothers, Your Majesties and Highnesses,

Leaders and Heads of Delegations attend the 40th GCC Summit

We confirm our position on the Palestinian cause and the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem (Al-Quds) as its capital.

We also value efforts of the Yemeni brothers, led by the Yemeni government, in reaching the Riyadh Agreement, and we affirm the Coalition’s continued support for the Yemeni people and their government, and the importance of a political solution in Yemen according to the three references.

In conclusion, I welcome all of you again, asking Allah Almighty to crown the works of this summit and all of us with full success.

Then, the GCC leaders and heads of delegations held a closed session.

Leaders and Heads of Delegations attend the 40th GCC Summit

The Kingdom’s delegation participating in the Supreme Council of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the Arab States in its 40th session includes His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense; Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the Interior; Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban.