Speeches from Thirtieth Session of the
Cooperation Council for the Arab State
of the Gulf's Summit: Kuwait - 14- 15 December 2009

 
The Concluding Statement
of the Thirtieth Session of the Supreme Council of the GCC Countries
Kuwait – The State of Kuwait 27-28 Dhul Hejja 1430 A.H.
Corresponding to 14-15 December 2009




In answering the generous invitation of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait, the Supreme Council held its thirtieth session in Kuwait City on Monday and Tuesday the 27th and 28th of Dhul Hejjah 1430, Corresponding to the 14th and 15th of December 2009, under the presidency of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait, and the head of the current session of the Supreme Council, in the attendance of their Majesties and Highnesses:

 

  • His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zaied Al-Nehayan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

  • His Majesty King Hamad Bin Essa Al-Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

  • The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • His Excellency Mr. Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Saeed, Deputy Primer Minister for the Council of Ministers Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman.

  • His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.

The meeting was attended by His Excellency Mr. Abdul Rahman Hamad Al-Atiya, the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of the Arab Gulf States.

 

The council congratulated His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait for the presidency of the current session of the Supreme Council, commending the elite concepts and objective opinions stated in his speech, and his concern with activating the cooperation course between the states of the council in all fields, and taking them forward to wider and more close horizons in the future.

 

The council expressed its full appreciation and gratitude to the great sincere efforts exerted by His Majesty Sultan Qabos Bin Saeed, Sultan of Oman, Head of the previous session of the Supreme Council, His wise government and the dear Omani people during the period of His Majesty's presidency of the twenty ninth session, his concern and follow up of the execution of the decisions taken by the Supreme Council, and praised the important steps and achievements that pushed the cooperation course to further advanced stages, wider horizons, and more prosperity for the peoples of the GCC countries.

 

The Supreme Council congratulated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zaied Al-Nehayyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, for his re-election as a president of his country, and in the occasion of the thirty eighth national day of his country, wishing the United Arab Emirates and its brotherly people continuous prosperity and development.

 

The Supreme Council congratulated His Majesty Kind Hamad Bin Essa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain of the thirty eighth national day of his country, and the tenth anniversary of his taking the throne, wishing the Kingdom of Bahrain and its brotherly people continuous prosperity and development.

 

The council also congratulated His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar in the occasion of the National Day, wishing the State of Qatar and its brotherly people continuous prosperity and development.

 

The council also expressed its happiness with the safe return of His Royal Highness Emir Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, Aviation and General Inspector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to his country safe and sound after his treatment trip, praying to Allah Almighty to bless him with good health and wellbeing.

 

The council assured the support of its states to the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in confronting the aggressions and violations committed by armed infiltrators of its territories in violation of the borders and the right of neighborhood. The council expressed its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its absolute support of its right to defend its territories and the security of its people, assuring that any violation of the security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a violation of the security and stability of all the states of the council.

 

The Supreme Council assures also its full support of the unity, security and stability of the brotherly Yemen.

 

The Supreme Council expressed its consolations and sincere sympathy with the victims and injured people due to the floods that accompanied the mercy rain on the City of Jeddah and other surrounding areas, praying to Allah almighty to cast his mercy upon the victims, to bless the injured with fact recovery and to grant the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the families of the victims patience and tranquility.

 

The Supreme Council commended the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait, Head of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Head of the Arab Economic, Developmental and Social Summit in activating the decisions taken by the Economic Summit held in the State of Kuwait last January. The Council highly appreciate in particular the participation granted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in support of the initiative of His Highness the Head of the Economic Summit related to encouraging the private sector's small and medium size projects in Arab countries.

 

The Supreme Council praised the continuous efforts exerted by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, Head of the current Arab Summit for making the mutual Arab work a success and the effective role of His Highness in deepening cooperation and harmony among Arab countries.

 

The council also commended the speech of His Highness before the opening session of the international conference on food security in Rome, where he likened poverty and starvation affecting one billion one hundred million people as a danger that is more realistic than nuclear weapons.

 

The supreme council reviewed the results and recommendations submitted by the Ministerial Council concerning the view of the State of Qatar, and its recommendations concerning the development of the mutual Arab work. The council directed the ministerial committees and the secretariat general, each in its concern, to execute its content.

 

The council assured the importance of the ideas and views contained in the vision of the kingdom of Bahrain for the development of the Gulf Cooperation Council. It decided to assign the ministerial council to study the content of the view and to put it into execution within a specified time schedule, provided that the ministerial council submits a report on its works to the next consultative meeting of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council of the Gulf countries.

 

The supreme council studied the consequences of the international economic crisis, and welcomed the efforts exerted by the GCC countries to eliminate this crisis, expressing its trust in the strength of the economies of its countries and their ability to exceed the consequences of this crisis in view of the sound and efficient polices and procedures of the member countries in this concern. The council highly appreciated the role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the G20 summit, the coordination of efforts for achievement of financial stability, the stability of power prices, and working on getting the international economy out of the international financial crisis.

 

Setting out from the keenness of the leaders of the GCC countries to enhance the course of mutual Arab work, and pushing it forward to more comprehensive and wider horizons, the Supreme Council reviewed the follow up reports and recommendations submitted by the ministerial council, and the achievements of the course of mutual Arab work since the last session in all fields. The Council also discussed the developments of the regional and international political and economic issues in view of the accelerated developments and events witnessed by the area and the world, and took necessary decisions in this concern as follows:

 

First: Areas of Mutual Cooperation:

The Supreme Council reviewed the report of the ministerial committee concerned with following up the decisions relevant to the mutual work, and expressed its pleasure with the achieved advancement in the execution of the mutual work decisions by the member countries, looking forward to the execution of the remaining decisions in this concern.

 

In the Economic Field:

The Supreme Council reviewed the reports on the advancement achieved in the field of customs union, common gulf market, the currency union, and projects of integrating the infra structure of the GCC states, most important of which is the electrical connection and the feasibility study of the GCC states railway project, and expressed its comfort at the achieved steps in addition to issuing directions in this concern.

 

Within the frame of discussing the recommendations submitted to it concerning the proposals stated in the vision of the State of Qatar to activate the role of the Cooperation Council, the Supreme Council directed the ministerial committees to activate the fifth article of the economic agreement concerning the enhancement of the investment environment among the GCC states and article 12 concerning setting common projects and increasing inter-investment that participate in achieving integration between the countries of the council in all fields. It was decided that the committee of financial and economic cooperation complete its consideration of the proposal submitted by the State of Qatar concerning the establishment of a common development bank for the GCC countries in its next meeting based on the explanations and information submitted by the State of Qatar about the proposed bank in view of the study preparation of which was entrusted to the general secretariat by the committee of financial and economic cooperation. The ministerial council was delegated to approve the cost of feasibility study of the common projects to be selected by the financial and economic cooperation committee in the fields of education and health.

 

The Supreme Council blessed the approvals of the currency union agreement by its members who are parties in the said agreement, and issued its directions of establishing the currency council, entrusted its board of members to intensify their work to perform missions assigned to them pursuant to the agreement, including stating the time schedule for issuing the unified currency and introducing it for actual exchange.

 

Concerning the project of GCC countries railway, the Supreme Council entrusted the concerned ministerial committees and the general secretariat to complete the detailed studies of the project, to study the establish a gulf authority for GCC states railway to supervise the full execution of the project, and to coordinate between the member countries for coping the GCC countries railway with the national railways of the GCC states.

 

The Supreme Council delegated the ministerial council to approve the amounts necessary for covering the cost of these studies, reassuring the importance of intensifying work to perform this vital project as soon as possible and pursuant to the best standards available worldwide.

 

The Gulf Common Market:

The Supreme Council expressed its pleasure with the advancement achieved concerning the execution of its decisions within the frame of the Common Gulf Market, and approved equal treatment of the citizens in GCC states in the field of technical education.

 

Relations with Other Countries and Economic Groups:

The Supreme Council welcomed the signature of the free trade agreement last June between the Cooperation Council and the countries of European Free Trade Association, which include Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and the completion of negotiation and initializing the free trade agreement with New Zealand last October, which will both have positive effect on the relations with these countries.

 

The council also expressed its satisfaction with the results of the first strategic dialogue between the states of the council and the Asian Group, which was held in Bahrain last June, as well as the results of the strategic dialogue with the Turkish Republic, which was held in the city of Istanbul last July.

 

The Council viewed a report on the activating the cooperation agreement between the GCC countries and the European Union, and expressed the desire of its countries to enhance the fields of cooperation between the two sides serving their mutual interests.

 

In the Field of Military Cooperation and Common Defense:

The Supreme Council studies the course of military cooperation in its different fields, and reviewed the steps taken in the field of military cooperation. The council approved the defense strategy of the GCC countries, the enhancement of the joint capabilities of Al-Jazeera Shield forces, and the common military projects. The Council confirmed the importance of enhancing cooperation in fighting weapons smuggling to its countries. The council also reviewed recommendations forwarded by the joint defense council during its eighth regular session held in Muscat last November, and approved it.

 

In the Field of Security Cooperation and Coordination:

The Supreme Council examined coordination in light of outcomes of the 28th meeting for GCC interior ministers, held in Muscat last October. The council expressed relief over achievements made in this regard, which positively reflected on societies of the GCC, reaffirming the need to intensify the process of information exchange among all GCC security bodies.

 

It also welcomed Qatar's signing of the security agreement, hoping for complete ratification for such agreement, along with other security accords by all Member States.

 

Terrorism:

The Supreme Council reiterated its solid stance on terrorism and the threat it posed to societies, as well as the importance of fighting it and rooting out its sources of finance and extremist ideologies behind it. The Supreme Council called for intensifying international efforts in facing terrorism, through the exchange of information and not using the territories of countries to plan or encourage terrorist activities. The Council reaffirmed the importance of the recommendations of the International Conference on Terrorism Fighting Held in Riyadh in 2005, and its adoption of the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on establishing an international center for terrorism fighting to enhance international efforts in this domain.

 

It also reiterated its solid stance abhorring all forms of terrorism, and once again condemned all terrorist activities that resulted in the death of innocent people and the destruction of property.

 

The council underscored the need to stand up to terrorism collectively, and called for international cooperation, exchange of information, preventing the use of territories for planning terrorist activities in other countries, and cooperating in the handover of elements abroad implicated in terrorist acts.

 

Marine piracy

On marine piracy, the Supreme Council expressed its concern over the continued acts of piracy in international waterways, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and others.

 

It underscored the need to intensify regional and international coordination to tackle these criminal acts and to apprehend their perpetrators, in line with international and local laws.

 

Moreover, the Supreme Council lauded the efforts of the GCC naval forces taking part in anti-piracy operations and the protection of waterways, working under the Saudi-led Arab naval force.

 

It also expressed its appreciation to the Bahraini armed forces for their efforts within the international CTF 150 forces.

 


In the Field of Legal Affairs:

The council endorsed recommendations forwarded by the GCC justice ministers aiming at enhancing the course of common justice cooperation. In this regard, the Council approved the Muscat amended bill for unified real estate registration and its manifesto as guide book for the next four years.

 

In the Field of Human Affairs and Environment:

Education:


The Council reviewed the follow up report on education, and expressed relief on the steps taken for executing its decisions, and on the developmental efforts by the member states to upgrade general and post graduated education.

 

Culture:

The Supreme Council approved the general framework for executive programs and activities for the cultural strategy for GCC, as it also commended the decision to award Bahraini Premier Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the Avicenna gold medal in recognition of his efforts in promoting education, particularly his participation in the establishment of the Arabic Center for International Heritage in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 

Scientific and Technical Cooperation:

The Supreme Council was briefed with steps taken to using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in member States, underlining importance for efforts in this regard to continue.

 

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