GCC Leaders meet in Saudi Arabia for regional issues

May 20th, 2008 - 6:38 pm ICT by admin  

Riyadh, May 20 (DPA) The six leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) met Tuesday in the Saudi city of Dammam to discuss regional issues and to strengthen Gulf cooperation. In their 10th meeting, the representatives of six Gulf countries plan to negotiate the developments in the Middle East and its reflections on the Gulf region.

The security situation in Iraq and the efforts exerted to solve the Lebanese political stand off are at the top of the conference’s agenda, sources in the Gulf said.

The leaders are also expected to discuss the Arab League efforts and the controversial Iranian nuclear programme, sources added.

The leaders will re-announce their support for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regaining its sovereignty over the three Iranian-occupied islands: Tonb al-Soghra, Tonb al-Kobra and Abu Mussa.

The council will urge Iran to either solve the conflict peacefully or refer the issue to the International Court of Justice.

The GCC was established in 1981 as a response to the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war. Saudi Arabia initiated the council, which has six members, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. The council aims at enhancing cooperation and economic integration within Gulf countries.

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