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GCC leaders call for full integration, single foreign policy - Declaration
December 10, 2018, 8:30 am

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Sunday reaffirmed keenness on unity of member countries, calling for achieving full­fledge integration, and forming a "single and effective" foreign policy.

Leaders of the six Arab Gulf states acknowledged the threats that undermined security and stability of the region, calling for cementing efforts for a collective action to honor aspirations of the GCC people, Secretary General Abdullatif Al­Zayani told a news conference as he was reading Riyadh Declaration.

The GCC leaders reaffirmed keenness on maintaining unity of member countries and noted their Gulf bloc realized many achievements that contributed to regional security, stability, economic and social prosperity.

They said challenges required further efforts to achieve integration at economic, social, political, security and military levels, said the declaration. They called for completing programs and projects needed to honor Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz's integration vision to ultimately boost the regional and international role of the GCC.

They called for addressing all obstacles to achieve economic integration by 2025 and to complete requirement for creation of the common market and custom union.

The GCC leaders appointed a commander for the joint military command to advance towards completion of the joint defense system, while underlining importance of the bloc's role in addressing extreme ideologies through promotion of moderation, tolerance, human rights, rule of law and Islamic Sharia.

They called for joining hands with partners within the international community to eliminate terrorism and drying its financing resources. The leaders also called for forming a "single and effective" foreign policy to be based on the statute, noted the declaration. They reiterated support for the Palestinian cause and the Yemeni people.

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