Related Special Sections
The foreign ministers from the six Gulf Cooperation Council states: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, met on Saturday, January 10, 2016, in an “extraordinary” meeting of the Ministerial Council to discuss the confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Iran that resulted in a break in relations between Riyadh and Tehran. The meeting, held in Riyadh, was chaired by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, with participation from GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani. The Council condemned the attacks on Saudi diplomatic facilities in Iran and on Tehran’s provocative statements concerning Saudi internal affairs.
This “For the Record” post provides a summary of the GCC Ministerial Council meeting by Arab News, related press releases from the Saudi state news agency, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and links to more material on this topic.
GCC hits out at Iran for meddling in Saudi affairs
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia may take more deterrent measures against Iran to check its foreign policy behavior and to contain its growing interference in the affairs of Arab states, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Saturday.
“The Kingdom is looking at additional measures to be taken, if Iran continues with its belligerent policies,” said Al-Jubeir.
He made these remarks after chairing a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh.
The GCC foreign ministers, in a statement released after their meeting, lent their full support to any measure against Iran to halt Tehran’s “terrorist acts” and to ensure that it refrains from “meddling in the affairs of Arab nations.”
Riyadh also urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene an emergency meeting to discuss the Iranian attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, said Al-Jubeir.
The foreign minister lambasted Iran, saying that “we cannot deal with a country that attacks and burns embassies, whether those embassies are British or American, or for that matter Saudi.”
He said Iran has to make a decision whether it stands and behaves like a civilized nation.
“If it is a nation state, it should act like a responsible state. If not, it will be further isolated,” said the minister.
Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom would welcome the time and the opportunity to see Iran “act like a normal country” in the comity of nations.
“It is entirely in the hands of Iran, whether it wants to be a good neighbor or it prefers to remain in a hostile environment within the region,” said the foreign minister, while referring to the war of words stepped up by Tehran violating all diplomatic norms.
Addressing a joint press conference with GCC chief Abdullateef Al-Zayani after the GCC ministerial meeting, Al-Jubeir said that “the escalation is coming from Iran, not from the Kingdom or the GCC, and we are currently evaluating nefarious Iranian activities and taking strong steps to counter them.”
The GCC, as a bloc, also strongly condemns Iran’s meddling in the internal affairs of the Kingdom and the GCC.
The GCC called on the international community to take serious measures against Iran to prevent repetition of such attacks on diplomatic missions in the future.
The GCC welcomes the strong rejection of Iran’s actions against Saudi Arabia from neighboring Arab and Islamic countries, said Al-Zayani, while speaking alongside Al-Jubeir.
He said that the GCC stands with Riyadh’s decisions and the measures taken by the Kingdom against Iran.
The GCC said that it forcefully condemns the attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran.
The statement, following the extraordinary GCC ministerial meeting, criticized “blatant Iranian interference in Saudi affairs, which directly incited the aggressions targeting Saudi missions in two Iranian cities.”
The joint statement said the GCC totally supports decisions taken by Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism and it has total confidence in the independence and integrity of Saudi justice system.
The GCC countries also urged Iran to “respect the principle of good neighborliness in words and actions” and “stop activities that cause instability and insecurity in the region.”
Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia and GCC countries are also working on a UN resolution that would condemn Iran’s aggressive acts.
Saudi Arabia previously cut its diplomatic ties with Iran in 1988 after protesters attacked the Saudi Embassy, injuring a diplomat, who later died of his wounds at the time. Relations were restored in 1991, but Iran continued with its policies of aggression and interference.
It is still fighting proxy wars in several Arab countries, while helping terrorists and terrorism besiege the whole Arab world including Yemen.
Saudi Arabia, which received overwhelming support from the GCC foreign ministers on Saturday, is all set to oust Iran from the Arab League forum on Sunday.
An Arab League official said that the Iranian attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions is the only item on the agenda of the Arab League meeting.
It is almost certain that Arab League members will condemn the attack and support Saudi Arabia except for one or two countries. This 42nd extraordinary meeting was chaired by Al-Jubeir here.
The meeting was attended by Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah; UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan; Kuwait’s First Deputy Premier & Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah bin Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah; Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah; and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
Al-Jubeir: GCC Countries to Formulate Resolution at UN Security Council Condemning Iranian Aggression
Riyadh, Rabi’I 29, 1437, Jan 9, 2016, SPA — Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani held a joint press conference at King Salman Air Base Airport here today following the conclusion of the 42nd extraordinary meeting of the GCC Ministerial Council.
Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries are working on formulating a resolution at the UN Security Council condemning the Iranian aggression, adding that ‘We are working with the international community to clarify the true image of Iran’.
‘The GCC Ministerial Council extensively discussed the Iranian attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and its Consulate in Mashhad as well as Iran’s aggressive policies in the region and its ongoing interventions in the affairs of the region’s countries which aim at destabilizing their security and stability,’ Al-Jubeir said, adding that the GCC Foreign Ministers had concluded a unified view regarding the recent aggression on the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League will ‘take the proper stance towards the Iranian aggression,’ Al-Jubeir said.
The Foreign Minister also said that Iran has a copious record of blatant aggression on embassies, and interference in the internal affairs of its neighbors. Iran has to choose, either the logic of a state or that of a revolution.
Al-Jubeir also said that they would carry on with efforts seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis in accordance with Geneva I, adding that they are committed to supporting the legitimate government in Yemen, stating that Iran still supports the Houthi militants in the country.
For his part, GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said that The GCC stance is obvious, and the issue will be discussed in Cairo on Sunday.
GCC Foreign Ministers Reiterate Support for Decisions and Measures Taken by Saudi Arabia to Fight Terrorism
Riyadh, Rabi’I 29, 1437, Jan 9, 2016, SPA — GCC Foreign Ministers reiterated support for the decisions and measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and to find perpetrators of terrorist acts and instigators of sedition and bring them to justice. The GCC Foreign Ministers praised the efficiency, independence and integrity of the judiciary in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This came in a statement issued by the 42nd Extraordinary Meeting of the GCC Ministerial Council which was held under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and with the participation of GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.
May 2015 Gulf Cooperation Council summit meeting.
The GCC Ministerial Council discussed the repercussions of the attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and its Consulate in Mashhad. The GCC Ministerial Council expressed strong condemnation and rejection of these attacks, holding the Iranian authorities fully responsible for these terrorist acts in accordance with its commitment to the 1961 and 1963 Vienna Conventions as well as the international law, which hold the countries responsible for protecting the diplomatic missions.
The GCC Ministerial Council also condemned the Iranian blatant interventions in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which were reflected by the Iranian hostile and provocative statements on the judicial rulings implemented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against a number of terrorists. The GCC Ministerial Council considered these statements a direct incitement for launching the attacks on the diplomatic missions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The GCC Ministerial Council stressed that such acts do not serve peace and security in the region and the world; are in contrary to the principles of good neighborliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, sovereignty respect; and result in complicating the situation and igniting more crises in the region.
The GCC Ministerial Council stressed that GCC countries do support the decisions and measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and to find perpetrators of terrorist acts and instigators of sedition and bring them to justice. The GCC Foreign Ministers praised the efficiency, independence and integrity of the judiciary in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The GCC Ministerial Council expressed its full support for the measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to face terrorist attacks on its diplomatic missions in Iran, stressing that the GCC countries will take further appropriate measures to address these attacks. The GCC Ministerial Council welcomed the categorical rejection of these attacks expressed by Arab, Islamic and friendly countries and the UN Security Council, calling on all States and the international community to take serious and effective steps to prevent such attacks on diplomatic missions in Iran.
The GCC Ministerial Council condemned Iran’s continued occupation of the three United Arab Emirates islands (Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa), spread of sectarian strife, support for terrorist organizations, and incitement to undermine security and stability in the GCC countries. The GCC Ministerial Council agreed on establishing an effective mechanism to address the Iranian interference.
The GCC Ministerial Council urged the international community to take necessary measures to compel Iran to respect the principle of good neighborliness, to stop its activities destabilizing the region, to stop its support for terrorism, to not interfere in the internal affairs of the GCC countries and the region’s countries, and to not use or threaten to use force.
GCC Foreign Ministers Hold Extraordinary Meeting in Riyadh
Riyadh, Rabi’I 29, 1437, Jan 9, 2016, SPA — GCC Foreign Ministers held the 42nd extraordinary meeting of the GCC Ministerial Council under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir and with the participation of GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.
The meeting was held at the Meetings Hall at King Salman Air Base Airport here today.
Earlier today, GCC Foreign Ministers arrived in Riyadh, including Oman’s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah bin Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.
The GCC Foreign Ministers were received at King Salman Air Base Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani and a number of officials.
Gulf States Urge Action Against Iran to Prevent Terror Acts – Bloomberg – Jan 9, 2015
Excerpt from Bloomberg Report:
Saudi Arabian Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said while the country has no issue conducting talks with Iran, Tehran’s actions make it hard to deal with.
“We cannot have a country that attacks and burns embassies whether those embassies are British or American or Saudi,” Al-Jubeir said. “Iran has to make a decision whether it is a nation state or a revolution. If it is a nation state, it should act like one.”
Saudi Arabia would welcome the opportunity to see Iran “act like a normal country,” he said. “To be a peaceful country and to not interfere in the affairs of other countries in the region and to stop supporting terrorism. So that is entirely in the hands of Iran, whether it wants to be a good neighbor or if it wants to remain in a hostile environment with this region.”
READ MORE about this topic:
- “Saudi v Iran – 2016″ – SUSRIS Special Section
- Additional measures may be taken against Iran: Jubeir – Saudi Gazette – Jan 9, 2015