The Foreign Ministers of The Cooperation Council for The Arab States of The Gulf (GCC) have stressed their commitment and keenness on doing all matters that enhance security, stability and sovereignty of its member states, commending the important role played by the Peninsula Shield Forces in achieving security, stability, and defending and protecting the national and collective achievements and capabilities of GCC member states.
In a final statement issued at the end of the 119th session of the GCC Ministerial Council concluded in Jeddah on Tuesday evening, the Ministers commended the Ministerial Decree issued by Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on the end of the national safety situation and his directives to executive and legislative authorities to start a comprehensive and unconditional dialogue for the national consensus effective from July 1st.
The Council appreciated the positive role played by the State of Qatar under the leadership of Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in support of the peace and development process in Darfur, in the Sudan.
The Council expressed its satisfaction over the GCC achievements in economic, military, security, social, legal, cultural, and information fields.
In the field of combating terrorism, the Council affirmed the positions of the GCC member States to renounce violence and extremism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever might be its motives and justifications.
The Council condemned Iran's continuing interventions and blatant provocations in the internal affairs of the GCC states, through its conspiracy against their national security and trying to sow discord and sectarian strife among their citizens, as a violation of their sovereignty, independence and the principles of good neighborliness and international norms and laws.
On the Iranian nuclear file, the Ministerial Council has followed up the latest developments of the Iranian nuclear file with great concern, reiterating its firm position on the importance of adhering to the principles of international legitimacy, resolving disputes by peaceful means, and making the Middle East including the Arab Gulf free of weapons of mass destruction and nuclear weapons.
The Council affirmed the right of the countries in the region to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, within the framework of relevant international convention and in accordance with standards and procedures of the International Atomic Energy Agency and under its supervision and the application of these standards to all countries in the region, including Israel.
On the Palestinian cause and the peace process in the Middle East, the Council stressed that a comprehensive, just and lasting peace can only be achieved by Israel's complete withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories to the borders prior to June 4th, 1967 in Palestine, the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, and the land still occupied in southern Lebanon, and by the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with occupied East Al-Quds as its capital.
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