The speech of H.H the Amir Shiekh Sabah Al Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah, at the opening of the Gulf-American Summit, which brought together their Majesties and Highnesses the Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, and H.E President Donald Trump President of the United States of America
on Sunday May 21st, 2017- Riyadh


In The Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud,,,
Honorable President Donald Trump, President of the United States of America,,,
Your Majesties and Highnesses,
Your Excellences,,,

Asalamu Alikom Warahmato Allah WaBarakatu,,,

I highly appreciate the President for his initiative to visit Saudi Arabia and to meet with us at the beginning of his external activity after he assumed the presidency. We understand the dimensions of this initiative, which underlines the depth of relations between the United States and the Council and embodies our strategic partnership and our commitment to the security and stability of the region.

Your Excellency, Your Majesties and Highnesses,,,

The events of Yemen and the threats it represents to security and stability in the region, especially Saudi Arabia considering its long border with Yemen and the continuation of Houthi attacks on them, require us to preserve the borders of the Kingdom with all our capabilities, and we do not deny here the urgent need to help our allies, particularly the United States of America. The conflict is not only with Yemen, but there is an external party providing them with weapons and money to kill the people of Yemen and neighboring countries, and there will be no solution except politically by pressing the parties to return to the negotiation table.

It is worth mentioning that Kuwait hosted the Yemeni peace consultations for more than three months, but unfortunately, they did not result in any positive settlements. Indeed, things have become more complex as a result of external interventions.

Your Excellency, Your Majesties and Highnesses,,

The deteriorating situation in Syria requires us to move as quickly as possible to end this disaster. We believe that the United States of America has a major role in putting an end to this conflict, while at the same time appreciating its efforts in this regard.

ith regard to the Middle East peace process, the stumbling of this process stresses the need to achieve a breakthrough in this issue, as this reduces the tension in the region, which is a major cause of all negative repercussions in the region.

In this regard, we call on the United States to be the only one capable of exerting pressure on the Palestinian and Israeli sides to find a just and comprehensive solution.

We believe that the relations between the countries of the region must be based on the basic rules of international law, foremost of which is respect for the sovereignty and systems of countries, non-interference in their internal affairs under any pretext, and deepening the elements of good neighborliness with them.

In this context, we seek to achieve full commitment to these bases on the Gulf-Iranian relations, and we hope that the new Iranian presidency will reflect these foundations in order to achieve security and stability in the region.

Your Excellency, Your Majesties and Highnesses,,,

While appreciating what our alliance is doing in facing terrorism, we are still called upon to exert more effort and cooperation to eliminate ISIS as a priority for the world, to ensure security and peace, and the achievements of the coalition countries and the Iraqi forces led by the United States to liberate Mosul and the city of Al-Rigga in embodiment of this cooperation and coordination.

In this context, we stress that the elimination of ISIS, its ideas and policies in the region necessitates the continuation of the international collective confrontation and the elimination of the economic and social environment that feeds them. This will only be achieved by providing sustainable development and improving social justice.

With this new era, we look forward to work together to strengthen our strategic partnership in all its dimensions so that we can confront the challenges that surround our region and our world.

I thank you again and wish success for our Summit.

Wasalamo Alaikom Warahmato Allah Wabarakatu,,,


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