The GCC foreign ministers held a joint meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Jeddah on Sunday, with Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah attending.â€¨ Addressing the gathering, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said the GCC-British meeting is part of joint constructive talks held upon the instructions of the GCC and UK leaders.â€¨
He reiterated keenness on promoting and developing existing cooperation between the GCC and the UK in various fields, stressing the will to bolster and consolidate firm links between both sides and to launch fruitful strategic partnership.â€¨ He also underlined the significance of capitalizing on various potentials to serve their owns interests in line with a joint plan of action aiming at developing bilateral cooperation in all domains.â€¨
The Saudi foreign minister hailed the meeting as an opportunity for continuing consultations about regional issues and swift developments, and for coordinating positions on existing challenges and relevant reflections.â€¨ Al-Jubeir hoped that the meeting will contribute to a further promotion and development of GCC-British cooperation.â€¨
On his part, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said during the meeting that that the UK and GCC have firm and deep relations on all levels, spanning hundreds of years.â€¨ He added that he had discussed with the GCC foreign ministers bilateral relations and ways of developing them in various areas, primarily security.â€¨
Presided over by the Saudi foreign minister, the meeting will follow up the implementation of earlier resolutions and more GCC cooperation and integration in all fields.â€¨The current regional and international developments, chiefly Syria, Iraq and Libya, are also involved.â€¨ The first meeting of GCC-British strategic dialogue was launched in New York in September 2011.