Speech of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber al Sabah
in the opening session of the 33rd summit for the leaders of
the Gulf Cooperation Council of the Gulf States
Bahrain Kingdom – Monday 24 December 2012


Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be upon our prophet Mohammad and his family and his companions.

His Majesty the King of Bahrain Kingdom King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa,,,
Majesties and Highnesses,,,
Excellency Secretary General,,,

Al Salam Alaikom Wa Rahmato Allah Wa Barakatoh,

I am pleased to extend to my brother His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, and to the government and people of the Kingdom of Bahrain sincere thanks and gratitude for the generous hospitality and the special preparation for this meeting, which coincides with celebrations taking place in our brothers,kingdom of al Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar on the occasion of national festivals, wishing to its leaders great health and wellness,and to their people all the progress and prosperity.

We are certain that the wisdom and knowledge of his majesty will certainly enrich and strengthen the process of cooperation, praising the efforts made by Saudi Arabia during the work of the previous session and which contributed in strengthening our joint Gulf works which added the remarkable efforts to its edifice.

I here extend to our Almighty Allah to praise him for the safety of my dear brother the custodian of the tow holy mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz. As I present my sincere congratulation to my brother His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz the crown prince, deputy prime minister, and minister of defense. And to the brother Saudi people praying for our Almighty Allah to bestow the custodian of the tow holy mosques the blessing of health and wellness, to continue the process of goodness, and prosperity to his country and nation.

Majesties and Highnesses,

We meet today over the land of the kingdom of Bahrain, in the light of the circumstances and the rapid changes witnessed by the whole world, in general and the Middle East in particular, which requires our continued consultations and emphasized the importance of our meetings to review what steps and arrangements has been taken to face circumstances, to ensure fortifying our societies and achieve the aspirations of our peoples in the security, stability, prosperity and well being. Still ahead of us many formulas for our joint work requires us to achieve efficiency and to reach our goals and to ensure the promotion of our joint GCC cooperation process.

Majesties and Highnesses,

Few weeks ago, we celebrated the State of Palestine as obtaining the UN observation status. And it is a distinguished diplomatic success achieved by justice of the case, which requires using it in urging the International Community, the Security Council, and the International Quartet, to carry out their historical responsibilities to put pressure on Israel to compel it to accept peace, and recognize the rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent sate under international legitimacy resolutions and the Arab peace initiative
The Israeli barbaric aggression, which occurred on Gaza recently causing killing and destruction, confirms what we say always that this region will not enjoy security and peace, and their people will not have justice without obtaining the Palestinian people their complete legitimate rights, and Israel’s submission to this obvious fact.

Majesties and Highnesses,

This is a matter of pain and sorrow, that the Syrian wound is still bleeding and the killing machines continues to exterminate all day on the dozens of brothers in Syria with no mercy upon the elder, the children, nor on the helpless of a bereaved woman, Cities have been demolished, and continue killing led to destroy the hopes and aspiration of the sons of the homeland. What makes the grief and pain greater,is that indications near the end of this tragedy is still elusive, despite regional and international efforts, which doubles the suffering of the brotherly Syrian people at home and abroad. Which requires a quick and effective action from the International Community to develop mechanisms to achieve humanitarian support that reduces the suffering of our brothers and heal their wounds.

I am pleased in this regard, to announce to your honorable council and in response to His Excellency the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki- Moon to convene an international conference of donors to support the Syrian. Kuwait agreed to host this conference at the end of January to provide humanitarian assistance emphasizing your support of this conference and your contribution to its effectiveness which will be a crucial factor in alleviating the suffering which we seek to raise for the brotherly Syrian people.

The unity of the Syrian opposition had recently accomplished announcing Syrian National Coalition, which won the blessing and recognition of regional and international scale which is an important step. Without a doubt contributing to the empowerment of the Syrian people and unify the ranks and his quest to achieve their legitimate aspirations.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,

We renew our invitation to our friends in the Islamic Republic of Iran to respond to us to resolve important issues between the GCC countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly the issue of the three occupied UAE islands and Multi continental shelf and by that through direct negotiations or resorting to international arbitration as to invite them to meet requests of the International Atomic Energy Agency. As well as responding to international efforts to spare the Iranian people and the whole region the causes of tension and instability to focus all efforts and possibilities to promote stability and development surrounding the countries of the region.
The anxiety that has confused countries in the region due to what appeared in the media recently about the imbalance technical struck in Bushehr nuclear power plant underlines the importance of what we previously inevitably cooperated IRNA with the Agency for Atomic Energy and commitment to maintain its standards and conditions to ensure the safety of the regional countries and peoples of any raised radiation effects, God forbid. Their Majesties and Highnesses extend my sincere thanks and appreciation.

In conclusion, I can only repeat thanks to my brother His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and the brotherly Bahraini people.

Wa Assalam Alaikom Wa rahmet Allah wa Barakato,,,,

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