New GCC Secretary-General Stresses Gulf System Cohesion

Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf and Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani are surrounded by GCC general secretariat employees during the handover ceremony in Riyadh on Thursday

The new Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Nayef Al-Hajraf, vowed to maintain the Council’s path and to translate the GCC leaders’ directives on the ground. This is to achieve further progress and prosperity.

During a handover ceremony in Riyadh on Thursday, Hajraf expressed his gratitude to the GCC leaders for their confidence. He also stressed that he looked forward to contributing to further Gulf cohesion.

“We have all what’s needed to maintain our strength and all the factors to complete our march. The people of the Gulf and the future generations have the right to maintain this march for hundreds of years. The leaders to safeguard it with their vision and wisdom,” he stated.

“The GCC is a gift from its leaders, the founders,” Hajraf said, voicing his appreciation to the great efforts of his predecessor, Dr. Abdullatif al-Zayani.

Earlier this month, King Hamad Al Khalifa decreed that Zayani would be Bahrain’s foreign minister when his term at the GCC ends.

Speaking at the ceremony, the outgoing secretary-general said that the GCC system maintained its security, stability, and cohesion. It also boosted its regional and international status.

He noted that the region has witnessed, over the last nine years, successive developments. This includes wars, conflicts, and challenges on all levels, leaving major human and financial losses and millions of refugees and migrants.

“Despite all these challenges, the GCC system has managed to achieve many of its common goals and integrated projects,” Zayani remarked.

He also expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia’s continuous support during his term at the GCC general secretariat.