GCC a constant necessity: Kuwait

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Talks with China established approach for enhancing ties

His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

RIYADH, Dec 10: The Representative of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on Friday addressed the 43rd session of the Supreme Council of the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council, stressing that the GCC existence is a “constant necessity.” His Highness the Amir Representative began his speech, relaying greetings from His Highness the Amir to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi leadership and government for the distinctive preparations for holding the session and the great efforts the kingdom has exerted as chairman of the supreme council during the previous session. He congratulated and expressed good wishes to the Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tareq, the head of the 43rd session, saying, “We are looking forward to achieve more accomplishments.” Moreover, he congratulated the GCC Secretary General and the Secretariate General staff on their sincere efforts for organizing the session.

The current session is being held amid very sensitive conditions in the region and the world, “thus we need to be vigilant and cautious; we rather ought to exert more efforts to bolster the march of our joint Gulf action for the council is the most important regional entity; an entity that succeeded in making a lot of accomplishments for its states’ people,” Sheikh Mishal said. The regular holding of the GCC summits and the ministerial committees’ meetings reflect resolve and determination to pursue and evolve the blessed march, he said, renewing the affirmation that “existence of this entity is a constant necessity.”

The GCC has succeeded in attaining much of the aspirations of the council member countries toward “reaching the Gulf citizenship, accomplishing strategic and economic interests that are admirable and there is a lot ahead that require more efforts to make accomplishments that will enable us face the regional and international changes,” His Highness the Amir Representative added. “On the basis of the council constituent law, we affirm our everlasting keenness on maintaining security and stability of our states for the council states’ security is inseparable,” he stressed. He underlined necessity of cooperation with sisterly, friendly countries and international organizations to benefit from their expertise to “beef up our development potentials, safeguard our countries and people and spare them tensions.” He congratulated Qatar on hosting the World Cup, dazzling the world with the amazing preparations and organization.

Dialogue
His Highness the Crown Prince said Friday that dialogue with China has established a basic approach and a strong pillar for boosting the historical relations between the two sides. This came in His Highness Sheikh Mishal’s speech at the GCC-China Summit hosted by Riyadh, adding that this made a safer and brighter future for the peoples of the GCC memebr states and China. This is a clear indication of the common determination to continue and expand areas of joint cooperation, he noted. His Highness Sheikh Mishal conveyed greetings of His Highness the Amir to the GCC leaders and China President Xi Jinping, thanking King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and the government for the warm reception and hospitality. Sheikh Mishal said that the meeting came to complete what has been achieved through constructive dialogue with the friendly People’s Republic of China that clearly reflects interest in developing and strengthening the friendly relations between “China and us”.

The aim of this is to achieve “our common goals and interests”, and develop cooperation in all fields as well as translate ambitions and directives of GCC and Chinese leaderships, he said. He stressed the significance of the economic aspect in strengthening the bonds of cooperation between the GCC states and the Republic of China.

This is an important factor for consolidating the principle of economic partnership, and the GCC states seek to increase this cooperation to reach higher levels and explore broader areas in support of the strong relations between the two sides, he stated. Sheikh Mishal referred to the free trade agreement negotiations between the GCC countries and China launched in April 2005, praising the efforts made by the joint technical teams to reach a final agreement in this regard. “This will boost our ties with Chain to broader horizons which will bring prosperity and goodness to our countries and peoples, as well as the region and the world,” His Highness the Amir’s Representative said. “We affirm that there is convergence of visions between the GCC countries and China through a consensus on resolving regional and international issues, in addition to mutual interest in boosting cooperation in all different vital and important fields,” Sheikh Mishal concluded. (KUNA)

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