King warns against Iran’s hostile policies


Saudi Gazette report

— Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Sunday urged the GCC states to stand united and work to maintain security and stability in the region and the world in the wake of the continuing threats, especially from Iran.

Chairing the 39th session of the GCC Supreme Council in Riyadh, the King warned against Tehran’s hostile policy of sponsoring terrorism and intervening in the internal affairs of the countries in the region.

“Our region is facing challenges and threats. Extremist and terrorist forces continue to threaten our Gulf and Arab security. The Iranian regime continues its aggressive policies in sponsoring these forces and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries,” the King said while underlining the need for securing full and adequate guarantees to curb Iran’s nuclear program and its program to develop ballistic missiles.

King Salman emphasized that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was established in order to enhance the security, stability, development, prosperity and wellbeing of Gulf citizens who are our fundamental asset and whose visions and hopes are to be accomplished.

“I am sure that we are all keen to strengthen GCC’s role. God has blessed our nations with human and natural resources that have strengthened our cultural role in the region and the world,” the Monarch said, adding, “This requires all of us to harness our energies to serve the people of GCC and to maintain the security and stability of our countries and the region.”

The King reaffirmed that the Kingdom would continue to defend the Arab and Islamic issues at international forums.

“The Palestinian cause is at the forefront of its concerns and the Kingdom seeks to achieve the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the establishment of an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital. The Kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibilities by taking the necessary measures to protect the Palestinian people from aggressive practices that are a provocation to the feelings of Arabs and Muslims as well as to all other peace-loving peoples.”

On Yemeni crisis, the Monarch said, the coalition countries were keen to respond to the appeal made by the legitimate government in Yemen to rescue the country and its people from an outfit that staged a coup against the legitimate government and undermined its security and stability.

The coalition countries also worked to restore hope to the Yemeni people by carrying out relief and humanitarian assistance programs as well as by seeking a political solution to the Yemeni crisis in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, and the outcome of Yemen’s comprehensive national dialogue.

The King also called for a political solution to the Syrian crisis with the establishment of a transitional government that will guarantee Syrian unity and the pullout of foreign forces and terrorist organizations.

“The Kingdom is keen to build strong and strategic relations with Iraq, which is a key pillar in the Arab security system,” the King said.

Earlier, the on-day GCC summit started with the participation of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs of Oman Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Qatar Sultan Al-Muraikhi.