RIYADH, March 3 (KUNA) -- Bahraini foreign minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad
Al-Khalifa called here Sunday for fostering cooperation and integration among
the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries through economic integration,
establishing the common market, and creating the monetary and custom unions.
Sheikh Khaled, rotating chairman of the GCC session, said strengthening
integration among the GCC countries required a greater private sector role,
equality in movement, residency, work, investment, health, education and
He was addressing the ministerial meeting of the GCC foreign ministers.
Kuwait is represented by Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah
Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
Sheikh Khaled said the GCC countries were looking forward for better
relations with Iran "but that is blocked by continuous Iranian interference in
internal affairs of the GCC countries, its occupation of three UAE islands and
refusal to any peaceful resolution for that issue."
The GCC countries should be united vis-a-vis these interferences, as well
as working on building bridges of confidence based on respect of sovereignty,
good neighborliness and non-interference in internal affairs, he added.
Sheikh Khaled, meanwhile, reiterated support for the Palestinian cause and
the importance of reaching a just solution that would lead to the two-state
solution and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with East
Jerusalem as its capital.
He noted that the GCC countries were united towards the Syrian conflict,
which was worsening due to the international community's failure to act
rapidly to address the crisis.
The Arab Gulf countries, added Sheikh Khaled, were satisfied over the
success of the GCC initiative in Yemen.
Following Sheikh Khaled's speech, the GCC top diplomats held a closed-door
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