Speech of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Amir of the State of Kuwait In the Closing Ceremonies of the Thirty Fourth Session Of the Higher Council of the Cooperation Council of Arabian Gulf Countries Kuwait on 11th of December 2013


Your Majesties and Highnesses,
Your Excellency the Secretary General,
Your Excellencies,

With the praise and guidance of Allah we conclude the works of Thirty Fourth Session of the Higher Council of the Cooperation Council of Arabian Gulf Countries

Your Majesties and Highnesses,

The world lost a man who fought for decades to obtain freedom for his country, and justice and equality for his people. He was a hard fighter who draw the brightest image of struggling against Apartheid.

On behalf of you, I express to the leadership and people of the Republic of South Africa, our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy for the death of the former president Nelson Mandela.

Your Majesties and Highnesses,

We were glad to have you here for two days as dear brothers among their family members, in a decent opportunity of exchanging views concerning the issues and challenges that face our Gulf house. With the help and guidance of Allah, and with your wisdom and insight, we managed to reach a group of decisions that shall, no doubt, contribute to enhancing the march of the GCC joint action, and achieve the hopes and anticipations of our peoples.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate my thanks to you for responding to the invitation to attend this session. I would not miss also to thank the GCC Secretary General Mr. Abdul Latif Al-Zayani, Asst. Secretary Generals and the General Secretariat. I also wish to thank the secretaries of the General Secretariat, and all the committees who prepared for the meetings of this session, and all who participated in preparation and organization of this session, and all whom I might have no room to mention, for their appreciated and commendable efforts.

While wishing you a bon voyage, we look forward with great hope and optimism to our meeting in the next session in the State of Qatar, hosted by our dear brother Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

Peace and blessings be upon you all.

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