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GCC FMs welcomes His Highness The Amir's "important, historic" Iran's visit
June 3, 2014, 8:40 am

Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) welcomed His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's "important and historic" to Iran, which was concluded earlier on Monday.

The foreign ministers, in a final statement following their one-day meeting, hoped His Highness the Amir's visit would have "positive" impact on relations between the six-member GCC and Iran.
Kuwait and Iran had signed, during His Highness the Amir's two-day visit, cooperation agreements in several domains.

The foreign ministers, meanwhile, welcomed the positive outcome of a conference of civilizations that was held in Bahrain last month, which aimed at building an alliance of civilizations to confront hatred, extremism and terrorism.

The GCC foreign ministers called on the importance of removing all obstacles facing the establishment of the Custom Union. They rejected all forms of terrorism and extremism regardless of their motives or sources.

They rejected Iran's occupation of the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Moussa, three islands belonging to the United Arab Emirates. They reiterated backing to UAE's sovereignty over the three isles and their territorial waters, airspace, continental shelf and economic zone.

The three islands are integral part of the UAE, they said. The top diplomat rejected any Iranian decisions or practices related to the islands. They called on Iran to respond to the UAE's endeavors to address this issue through direct negotiations or international arbitration.

The foreign ministers however underlined importance of relations with Iran on the basis of mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs, good neighboriliness principles and refraining from use of force. The GCC countries, said the final statement, hoped negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group would achieve a final resolution to the Iranian nuclear file, which would guarantee Tehran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with relevant IAEA's criteria.

The Iranian nuclear program should not be militarized, they said, as part of efforts to clearing the Arabian Gulf and Middle East from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including nuclear weapons.

The GCC foreign ministers, on the other hand, called for referring those responsible for committing war crimes against the Syrian people to the international Criminal Court (ICC). They regretted the Russian and Chinese veto against a draft UN resolution over the ICC matter.

They said Al-Assad's regime must provide humanitarian aid for the beseiged Syrian people in line with UN resolution 2139. They supported the peaceful resolution of the Syrian conflict in line with the June 30 2012 communique of the Geneva I conference, which called for the establishment of an interim authority with executive powers.

They said the presidential elections in Syria and candidacy of President Bashar Al-Assad would undermine Arab and international efforts to solving the conflict.
On Palestine, the GCC foreign ministers reiterated support for the Palestinian cause, establishment of the independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital and blamed Israel for the stalement of the peace process.

They welcomed the Palestinian reconciliation agreement and formation of a government of national unity, while condemning the Israeli policies aimed at changing the historic, religious, legal and demographic status of Jerusalem.

The senior GCC diplomats supported Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi's implementation of the recommendations of the national dialogue including the wording of a new constitution.
They supported UN resolution 2107 of 2013 that referred the file of prisoners, missing and Kuwaiti properties to the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

They hoped the Iraqi government would cooperate with Kuwait and the international community to solving this file. The foreign ministers hoped Iraqi parliamentary elections would restore sovereignty and stability, called on the Libyan people to unite to rebuilding their country and welcomed the presidential elections in Egypt.

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