KUWAIT, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) unity and solidarity is still intact, standing against various kinds of challenges and trials over the years, affirmed First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Monday.
Delivering his opening speech to the 144th Foreign Ministers meeting, held ahead of the 38th Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Summit on December 5-6, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled welcomed the meeting's participants, saying that their presence will contribute to the success of the summit.
Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled thanked Bahrain for hosting the 37th GCC Summit, affirming that the fellow GCC country is an integral member of the council.
He also thanked the GCC Secretariat and participants for attending the preparatory meeting.
The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister stressed the importance of the current summit, noting that it will contribute to the continuation of the council's success.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his fellow GCC leaders are hopeful that the summit will continue to be the venue that serves the people of the region and carries on the rapid development of GCC nations, said Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled.
He noted that the GCC supportive stance during the Iraqi invasion in 1990 and the subsequent liberation of Kuwait in 1991 was one of the many instances that proved the strength of the regional body against aggressors.
The Kuwaiti Foreign Minister hoped that the current summit will meet the aspirations and dreams of the people in the region and would continue the GCC's strong stride towards a bright future. (pickup previous)