Speeches



Speech of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in the Opening Ceremonies of the Thirty Fifth Session of the
Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council of the Arabian Gulf States
State of Qatar – Tuesday, 9th of December 2014.

 

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

 

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Universes, and peace and glory be to our Prophet, His Family and all His Companions.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,
Excellencies,,,
His Excellency the Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arabian Gulf States,,,
Ladies and gentlemen,,,

Assalamu Alikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

In the beginning, I am pleased to express my pleasure to meet with you today in the State of Qatar. I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar and its dear people for their hospitality, and the distinguished preparation of this important meeting, which forms an important addition to our joint work. I also thank His Highness for the good words and for commending my country for its role during its presidency of the previous session of the Supreme Council, and the previous sessions of the Ministerial Council.

Their Majesties and Highnesses ,,,

I would like to start my speech with congratulating our brothers in both the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Qatar for their National Days, praying to Allah Almighty to cast good health on the leaders of these countries, and to bless them with prosperity, stability and advancement.

Also, I wish to congratulate the people of Bahrain for the success of their recent parliamentary and municipal elections, which witnessed a large popular participation that reflected a high sense of responsibility in the Qatar people and their keenness to cohesion with their leadership within the framework of the leading reform project led by His Majesty King Hamad Bin Essa Al Khalifa.

I wish to extend my congratulations to the people of the State of Qatar for obtaining the Gulf Cup in its 22nd session, commending the outstanding performance of the Qatari team based upon which is deserved this title. I also congratulate the people of Saudi Arabia for their success in organizing this championship, and commend their provision of great facilities that participated in achieving the anticipated goals of this session.

Their Majesties and Highnesses ,,,

Out meeting today in its 35th session in Qatar comes after one full year of its last session in Kuwait. A year during which we lived worries and concerns regarding the course of our council, which pushed us to work hard to maintain the gains of this course in view of the very critical regional and international circumstances that makes such worry legitimate but also reflected upon our joint work, and adversely affected our Gulf entity which is the final hope for the peoples of the council.

We believe that the difference in views is normal and even required, not alarming, provided that we do not get back to dispute and the estrangement that will weaken us and the decline our ability to maintain our achievements. We should keep away from disagreement and estrangement as we have several unity factors through which we can utilize, in addition to good communication, to defeat any dispute, and elevate our brotherhood which represents the one fate and common history. We need here to recall the saying “Do not judge with the past, so as not to lose the future”.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,

Talking about unity between the countries of the GCC has become a must. It is no doubt an objective and a hope for all the peoples of the council, and comes in conformity with out articles of association, and in activation of our joint work. We have to work on the creation of a solid foundation for entering into the phase of unity. A foundation that overcomes differences and protects our experience. This can be achieved by forming a superior committee that encompasses elite experts to complete studying all the aspects of unity carefully and deliberately, and then submits its results and proposals to the ministerial council then to the supreme council.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,

Your deep insight, wisdom, and keenness to this blessed course of unified fate and kin links in application of the Holy Verse “fear Allah and amend that which is between you and obey Allah and His Messenger, if you should be believers” was very effective in passing such exceptional circumstances, in our meeting in Riyadh, hosted by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. That meeting was an instillation of the spirit of sincere cooperation, a confirmation of the joint fate, and a materialization of the aspirations of the peoples of the Gulf. It resulted in Riyadh Supplementary Agreement, enabling us to support and protect this high edifice in confrontation of the increasing challenges.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,

Among the challenges we face today as oil producing and exporting countries is the drop in oil prices into levels that affect the income of our countries and our development programs. As we have concentrated on the economic aspects out of our belief of its importance, we should now enhance the course of our joint economic work, and enforce the execution of the important group of decisions included in the GCC economic agreement, in order to be able to confront the effects of these challenges, and push our relation to the achievement of the anticipated economic integration, and enable us to confront any passive development that adversely affect our economic reality.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,

Sadly, the international community with all its capabilities is unable to achieve any advancement in stopping the killings and destruction in Syria which claimed tens of thousands’ lives, dislocating millions inside and outside, and threatening security and stability not only of the region but of the whole world. We still shoulder a historical, ethical, humanitarian and legal responsibility that requires doubling our efforts, together with the international community, to set a limit for this humanitarian crisis, and maintaining international safety and security. We reassure our convention that the running conflict cannot be solved but through peaceful means and via a serious political action that saves the bloodshed of the Syrians and elevates their suffering. At the same time, we call upon the international community to continue and intensify its efforts to handle its humanitarian aspects.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,

On the issue of the three United Arab Emirates islands, the Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, we call upon the Islamic Republic of Iran to respond to the efforts of the United Arab Emirates to resolve the issue through direct negotiations or recourse to international arbitration.
Despite the strenuous efforts being made to recover the peace process in the Middle East from its cumbersome, Israel's intransigence and its insistence on continuing to build settlements, sacrilege, its repeated attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and its refusal to comply with the resolutions of international legitimacy has prevented progress that we look for toward just peace, and has led to the continuity of the Palestinian issue as unresolved.

We reaffirm our rejection of terrorism and extremism in all its forms and whatever its sources or motives may be, and our full commitment to all international resolutions issued to address this dangerous phenomenon. We emphasize here the importance of doubling international efforts to confront terrorism and rid the world of its evils.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,

We are following with interest the developments in the Yemeni arena, because of a lack of commitment by one the parties to peace and partnership agreement, which has undermined the prospects for peace and stability and hindered the implementation of the Gulf initiative.
The negotiations on Iran's nuclear program are still running without reaching a final agreement to reassure the world about the nature of their program, and enable the International Atomic Energy Agency to exercise its procedures to monitor Iran's nuclear reactors. We commend in this regard the efforts of the Sultanate of Oman to help reaching the desired agreement, and call Iran again to commit to cooperation with the international community, particularly the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the application of the highest standards of security and safety in nuclear installations to dispel the fears of neighboring countries.

Their Majesties and Highnesses,,,

The armed conflict taking place in Libya is a great concern, being another threat to security and stability, and from this platform we call for the need to expedite the immediate cessation of violence, and a national reconciliation through dialogue and reason.

In conclusion,

I would like to reiterate my thanks to His Highness Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thai, and the government and people of Qatar, and to H.E. The General Secretary of the GCC council, and Asst. General Secretaries and all the staff of the Secretariat for their sincere efforts in following up the execution of the decisions taken by the previous session, and for the outstanding preparation for this session, wishing your meeting all success, our countries and people elevation and prosperity.

Wssalamu Alikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

 

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