Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said Tuesday the exceptional and highly challenging conditions in the region require that the GCC states join forces and double efforts to address them and maintain stability.
"The painful situations in some Arab countries as a result of terrorism and civil strife are a normal and inevitable outcome of alliance among sectarianism and terrorism and foreign interferences," King Salman said in a speech to 37th Session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Supreme Council.
On the situation in Yemen, he said the GCC states continue their efforts to put an end to the armed conflict, and restore security and stability in the county under the leadership of its legitimate government and pursuant to the provisions of the GCC initiative, the national dialogue outcomes and the UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
Regarding the conflict in Syria, King Salman expressed regret over the impacts of the crisis and suffering of the Syrian people.
"The persistent atrocities and displacement being suffered by the Syrian people, require that the international community intensify efforts to end the bloodshed and reach a political solution to the crisis that could ensure security, stability and territorial integrity of the country," he stressed.
King Salman expressed hope that the current GCC Summit will help ensure better future for the citizens in the GCC states and greater role for the GCC on the regional and international arenas.