32nd GCC Summit Final Statement and Riyadh Declaration

Published: December 21, 2011

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Editor’s Note:

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, played host to the 32nd Supreme Council of the 30 year-old GCC, the Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The two-day event produced agreement to a proposal of King Abdullah to explore development of a “single entity” for the GCC, a push along the path from cooperation to union. SUSRIS has provided a wrap-up report of the Summit along with a separate report of Prince Saud Al-Faisal’s remarks at a press conference. This report provides the Summit Final Communique and Riyadh Declaration as reported by the Saudi Press Agency. [Check the Special Section on the Summit for more reporting.]

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32nd GCC Summit Final Statement and Riyadh Declaration

Addressing the meeting, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques welcomed the leaders and heads of delegations of the GCC in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, appealing to Allah Almighty to make the meeting an entrance to achieve what the leaders are looking for towards the development and protection of the people of the Arab Gulf region as well as the Arab and Islamic nations.

We gather here today amid challenges that require our vigilance and at a time that necessitates our unity of rank and word, the monarch said, adding that “No doubt, you are all aware that our security and stability are targeted. Hence, we have to live up to the responsibility entrusted to us toward our religion and nations. We, in the Arab Gulf countries, are an integral part of our Arab and Islamic nation. Our duty is to assist our brothers in whatever achieves their hopes, spares their blood and wards off the repercussions of events and conflicts and risks of interference”.

The monarch said, “History and experience have taught us not to stop and watch the status quo as whoever follows such a behavior will find himself in the end of the queue facing loss and weakness. We all don’t accept this situation for our nations, peoples, stability and security.” He added, “Therefore, let me ask you today to go beyond the stage of cooperation to the stage of union in one entity that achieves the good and wards off evil.”

In conclusion, the King appealed to Allah Almighty to bless this meeting to the benefit of the Arab and Islamic nations.

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GCC Summit Communique: Riyadh Declaration

Riyadh, Muharram 25, 1433, Dec 20, 2011, SPA – The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and leaders and heads of delegations of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) concluded the meetings of 32nd session of the GCC Supreme Council at Dir’iya Palace in Riyadh today. At the outset of the closing session, verses from the Holy Quran were recited.

The Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, then read the final statement of the 32nd session and Riyadh Declaration:

Following is the text:

The GCC leaders welcomed and blessed the proposal of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the current chairman of the Supreme Council in his opening speech to the 32nd session of the Supreme Council held in Riyadh on 24 Muharram 1433 AH corresponding to December 19, 2011 on the transition from the stage of cooperation to the stage of the Union.

Believing in the importance of this proposal and its positive impacts on the peoples of the region and in line with the provisions of Article IV of the Statute of the Cooperation Council on coordination, integration and interdependence among Member States in all fields to reach their unity, and after the exchange of views on the proposal, the GCC leaders directed the Ministerial Council to form a specialized commission to be selected from Member States, 3 members for each State, that shall be entrusted to study the proposals in all their aspects in the light of the views exchanged between the leaders. The Commission’s meetings shall be held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat which provides all administrative, technical and financial capabilities.

The Member States shall assign their representatives no later than the first of February 2012. The Commission shall provide a preliminary report in March 2012 to the Ministerial Council in its first session in 2012 to be submitted to the GCC leaders. The Commission shall submit its final recommendations to the 14th Consultative Meeting of the GCC leaders.

Riyadh Declaration

In the name of God the Merciful

Praise be to God, prayer and peace be upon the seal of the Prophets and Messengers, our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and companions,

As their majesties and highnesses the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, who gathered at the 32nd session of the Supreme Council in Riyadh on 24-25 January 1433 H., are aware of the changes, challenges and threats facing the countries of the council, redrawing the situation in the region and targeting the links binding them, a situation requires cementing ranks, unifying views and mobilizing joint energies;

As they stress their full commitment to seriousness and credibility in order to achieve the objectives of the statute of the council, including coordination, integration and interdependence among member states in all fields until reaching their unity;

As they keep pace with the aspirations of their people toward accelerating the pace of joint action and establishing the concept of Arab and Islamic identity of the countries of the GCC and achieving greater coherence, unity, strength and well-being;

And as they declare their determination to promote and document the role of citizens of GCC countries in order to achieve a bright future meeting the aspirations of younger generations and developing their creative potential and capabilities,

1 – Adoption of the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to move beyond the stage of cooperation to the stage of union so that the GCC countries form a single entity to achieve good and repel evil in response to the aspirations of the citizens of GCC countries and the challenges they face.

2 – Speeding up the process of development and comprehensive reform inside their countries so as to achieve greater participation of all citizens, men and women, and open wide future prospects while maintaining security, stability, national cohesion and social welfare.

3 – Improving the domestic front, consolidating the national unity based on equality of all citizens, men and women, before the law and in rights and duties and confronting foreign attempts by troubled entities trying to export its internal crises through sedition, division and sectarian inciting.

4 – Hard work to attain the highest degrees of economic integration among GCC countries and overcome the obstacles that obstruct the march of achievement of the customs union, monetary union and common market of GCC states.

5 – Development of defense and security cooperation to ensure quickly and effectively and in a collective and unified manner confronting any danger or emergency.

6 – Activation of the diplomacy of the GCC to serve the national, Arab and Islamic causes, unified collective communication with all regional and international powers and safeguarding the common interests of the GCC countries in all international forums.

7 – Deepening the common belonging of the GCC youths, improving their identity and protecting their gains by intensifying communication, cooperation and convergence among them and employing educational, media, cultural, sports and scout activities for the service of this goal.

8 – The General Secretariat of the GCC countries shall follow up and report to the Supreme Council.

Issued in Riyadh, 25 Muharram 1433 AH corresponding to December 20, 2011 AD.

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King Hamad of Bahrain (L) arriving for the GCC Summit

Then, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, delivered a speech in which he expressed thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi people on the generous hospitality and warm welcome extended to the GCC leaders at all levels.

He also expressed thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his prudent chairmanship of Riyadh GCC Summit 2011 which led to very positive results of the Summit, particularly towards cooperation and unity.

Concluding his speech, the King of Bahrain extended invitation to the GCC leaders to attend the GCC Summit 2012 in his country.

In his capacity as President of the 32nd session of GCC Member States Supreme Council, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, declared the conclusion of the current session and its works, expressing thanks to all GCC leaders, and wishing them all luck in the next session which will be hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The closing session was attended by the members of the official delegations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including Prince Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, Chief of Allegiance-Pledge Commission; Prince Miteb bin Abdulaziz; Crown Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Defense; Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Megrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Dr. Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Khuwaiter, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet; Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance; and Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja, Minister of Culture and Information also princes, ministers, other members of delegations of GCC leaders and heads of delegations, chiefs of diplomatic missions accredited to the Kingdom, and senior civil and military officials were also present.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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