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Gulf states keen on ironing out differences - Kuwait
August 31, 2014, 8:26 am
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Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah reiterated Arab Gulf states' full interest in ironing out pan-Gulf differences and preserving Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) achievements.

Speaking at the 132th session of GCC Foreign Ministers Council, which kicked off here Saturday, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister also applauded GCC states' eagerness to forge ahead with their blessed joint march.

The GCC states are eyeing greater cohesion and cooperation to translate their leaders' vision of reaching the highest level of coherence, coordination and integration, he said.

He cautioned that the GCC states are facing "unprecedented growth of the scourge of terrorism through groups acting under the guise Islam while they are far from its tolerant humanitarian message." The Kuwaiti top diplomat expressed strong condemnation of the practices of those extremist groups.
He welcomed the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2170 which asked the world countries to act to suppress the flow of foreign fighters, financing and other support to "criminal" extremist groups.

Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled also hailed Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz's speech on August 1, in which he stressed the need to act against those who try to hijack Islam and present it to the world as a religion of extremism, hatred and terrorism. He praised the Saudi King's USD 100 million donation to the UN Counter-Terrorism Center.

Commenting on the recent developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, the Kuwaiti Minister welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached on August 26 between Palestinians and Israel. He acclaimed Egypt's efforts to broker the agreement and end the confrontation.

"Such efforts represent Egypt's historic role as the main advocate of the Palestinian cause," he said. He renewed the call for the international community to put into effect the United Nations resolutions relevant to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and to provide international protection for the helpless Palestinian people, lift the tight Israeli siege imposed on Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled underlined the need for mobilizing international efforts to press Israel to resume the final status negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
On the recent developments in Iraq, the Foreign Minister said the GCC is deeply concerned over the deteriorating security situation in many areas of this country.
He stressed the importance of Iraqi national unity and territorial integrity. He also called for an inclusive policy to embrace all Iraqis.
He reiterated congratulations to Iraq's new President Dr. Fuad Massoum; new Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi, and new National Assembly Speaker Dr. Salem Al-Jubouri.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled wished Iraqi leaders' success in forming the new government and in restoring security and stability in their country.
He expressed GCC "deep sorrow" to the continuation of the cycle of violence in Syria and welcomed the decision of the UN Security Council No. 2165 for opening new crossings for the delivery of aid to the Syrian people.
Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled wished success for new the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria Staffan de Mistura.
The Kuwaiti minister emphasized the importance of continuing work to reach a political solution to end the crisis and preserve Syria's territorial unity.
He called for intensifying efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged Syrian areas and to Syrian refugees abroad.
On Yemen, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled said that the GCC states have been working over the past years to retain security and stability in Yemen and to meet the aspirations of its people in development and prosperity.
He noted high hopes are pinned on the national dialogue to ensure the success of the power transition process based from the Gulf initiative and its mechanisms.
"We, in the GCC, still deeply concerned as raging infighting and the deterioration of the security situation hampers efforts exerted to restore calm and build a securer and brighter future for Yemen," he said.
The Minister voiced the GCC full support for Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government in their quest to apply outcome of the national dialogue and their fight against all forms of violence and terrorism, led by some groups.
Regarding GCC relations with Iran, he underscored the need to address outstanding issues and to reach an international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
Amid the appalling crises, wide-scale destruction, massive human losses and damaging of properties, the GCC reiterate its stance of doing all in power to maintain the stability of the region, the Minister said.
Commenting on the developments in Libya, the Kuwait top diplomat called on all parties to support the constitutional institutions elected the people.
He hoped success for Libyan parliament's plan to stop the violence and complete the political process.
"In this context, I would like to highlight the recent UN Security Council resolution No. 2174 on Libya which provides a ground for stopping those who threaten peace, security and stability in Libya; calls for an immediate ceasefire to pave the way for a comprehensive political dialogue; and express support to the ongoing political process in Libya and all efforts exerted to preserve its unity and territorial integrity," he said.
In the meantime, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled, on behalf of the GCC foreign ministers, congratulated the Sultanate of Oman of the successfully medical examinations for Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said. He wished Sultan Qaboos everlasting wellbeing to fully complete the process of construction and development in the Sultanate of Oman.

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