GCC summit in Saudi Arabia: GCC leaders sign AlUla communique

Dubai: The 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit was held in AlUla in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (January 5). The summit, hosted by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia headed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was attended by the leaders and representatives of the member nations including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. Here’s a look at the summit, as it happened, in AlUla.

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Kuwait’s Emir heads back home after attending GCC 41st Summit. He says: “The AlUla communique is a historic achievement and cover agreement on permanent solidarity.”

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He adds:”AlUla Summit decisions will strengthen GCC’s development, bring good to its countries and people, and help achieve their aspirations and desired goals.”

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted: “Today, I took part in the AlUla Summit of the GCC leaders…a positive summit unifying ranks and establishing fraternity under the patronage of King Salman and his Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman…. Changes and challenges surrounding us require genuine Gulf strength, cohesion and cooperation as well as Arab depth and stability .”

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri today signed an agreement on Arab reconciliation at a GCC summit held in the Saudi historical town of AlUla, the ministry said.

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“This comes within Egypt’s constant keenness on solidarity between the Arab quartet, their moves towards solidarity and eliminating any disagreements between the sisterly Arab countries,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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It called for building on what he called “this important step” to strengthen Arab action and inter-Arab relations based on good intentions and non-interference in international affairs.

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“Egypt appreciates sincere efforts made to achieve reconciliation between the Arab quartet and Qatar, notably Kuwait’s efforts made over the past years,” the ministry added.

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Shukri left Saudi Arabia after signing the AlUla Declaration, the ministry said.

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Meanwhile, Ahmed Abu Al Ghait, Secretary General of the Arab league, welcomed the outcomes of AlUla Summit in Saudi Arabia. “Any effective move leading to purifying Arab atmospheres gives a boost to the Arab League and enhances its strength,” he explained.

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“Any effective move leading to purifying Arab atmospheres gives a boost to the Arab League and enhances its strength.”

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The GCC leaders sign AlUla communique.

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As they sign, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, tweets: “A new bright chapter has been just opened from the Maraya Hall in AlUla.”

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Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, expressed his pleasure at visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in the 41st Session of GCC’s Supreme Council. 

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In a statement upon his arrival in AlUla Governorate, the Amir of Kuwait expressed sincere appreciation for fraternal deep-rooted relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait and their peoples.

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He wished Gulf and Arab countries success to achieve their peoples’ aspirations and further progress and prosperity.

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He also offered his deepest gratitude and appreciation to Saudi leadership for naming the summit after the late Sultan Qaboos and late Sheikh Sabah. He then went on to say: “We agreed to sign the #AlUla communiqué at this summit.”

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The GCC summit begins with a keynote address by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who says: “The current GCC summit is called the Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah summit.”

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He also lauds Kuwait and the US’ efforts to bridge the rift.

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues: “AlUla communiqué will be signed at the current GCC summit.”

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Prince Mohammed Bin Salman also highlights that Iran poses a threat to the region’s peace and security. “Iran’s nuclear programme poses a threat to the regional and international peace and security, and we are facing challenges to encounter Iran’s vandalistic behaviour,” he says.

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He says: “We must all realize the noble goals and build on the foundations on which the Council is based in order to advance the GGC and achieve integration across all areas.”

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Gulf leaders and heads of delegations take a group photo before the start of the AlUla summit in front of Maraya hall.

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