Kuwait and the Gulf Family

 

Introduction

Kuwait has a strong belief of the unity of the Arabian Gulf Countries, and that their intermingling interests, their shared customs, tradition, culture and joint destiny require them to melt in one pot, as proved the regional crises, whether political, economic or social.

 

The Origin of the Idea of Establishing Gulf Cooperation Council for Arabian Gulf Countries:

Therefore, Kuwait launched the first initiative for crystallizing the idea of establishing Gulf Cooperation Council for Arabian Gulf Countries, reaching a joint Gulf strategy for facing critical circumstances encountered by the Gulf area. The late Amir H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah translated this idea into a factual practice in 1976, when he visited the five Gulf countries introducing them the idea of unifying Arabian Gulf countries into a regional organization that coordinates their affairs and their cooperation for facing the surrounding dangers.

 

Pursuant to the directives and commission of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs at that time, visited the brothers in Arabian Gulf countries in December 1980, to present the Kuwaiti vision of cooperation in the political, economic, oil, cultural and military fields, in the form of a comprehensive joint strategy, which received a good response from all the five Arabian Gulf countries.

 

On the margin of the Third Islamic Summit Conference, held in Tayef City 1981, the leaders of the Gulf countries agreed upon holding a summit on the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the Saudi capital Riyadh in February 1981, to discuss the Kuwaiti proposal concerning Gulf cooperation. Riyadh meeting resulted in the agreement to establish a cooperation council among the six Gulf countries. In March of the same year, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs held a new session of negotiations in Muscat where they laid a unified work paper, agreed upon the organizational structure of the council, and sat the proposal of the Articles of Association.

 

In their Summit in Abu Dhabi in May 1981, the Gulf leaders signed the final Articles of Association for the council. Effective as of date; Mr. Abdullah Yaqoub Beshara from Kuwait was appointed as the Secretary General, Riyadh city was selected as a domicile for the council, Abu Dhabi Summit was considered as the foundational conference, 25th of May 1981, which is the birth day of the Council, was announced as an official day and a transitional point in the life of the citizens in the Council's States. Meetings then continued in one or another of the inviting member States to discuss Gulf issues and the new affairs on the Gulf arena.

 

GCC Meetings in Kuwait

1- The fifth round of the Higher Council of the GCC was held in Kuwait during the period from 27 to 29 November 1984, where the Council discussed the current Arabian situations, the effect of Arabian disagreements upon fatal Arabian concerns as well as the role of the member countries on the international level. The following is a quote from the speech of the late Amir H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah in the said session:

 

"…Gulf cooperation is a structure created by the will of Gulf peoples. It is sincere response to the facts of life in this part of the world.. it is our gift to our sons, and sons of Arabism. Our decisions, liabilities, future steps, vision of our hopes, and the test of our will are the trust of our peoples...".

 

2- The twelfth round of the Higher Council of the GCC was held in Kuwait during the period from 23 to 25 December 1991, where the council discussed the regional developments in the Gulf region. In conclusion of its works, the council issued "Kuwait's Declaration" including the decisions reached during its deliberations and discussions.

 

The following is a quote from the speech of the late Amir H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah in the said session:

 

"... Our meeting is an expression of the will of our peoples, and a practical materialization of the established ties among them. Therefore, subjects discussed in this meeting are motivated by these peoples, and its results are but for their interest…"

 

3- The eighteenth round of the Higher Council of the GCC was held in Kuwait on 20th December 1997. The proposal of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed of establishing a consultative board from the qualified and experienced citizens of the GCC countries found was adopted and the articles of association of the said board was set pursuant to its provisions. The number of board members was set to thirty, to be selected from GCC countries based on their experience and qualifications, five from each state.

 

In December 2009, Kuwait will receive the leaders of the GCC countries in the thirteenth Summit, where His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah shall continue the course of giving and benevolence, commenced by the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

 

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