RIYADH, Dec 9 (KUNA) -- Holding GCC's 40th summit is "clear evidence" of leaders' keenness on preserving the bloc's intactness, said Secretary General Abdulatif Al-Zayani on Monday.
His remarks, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), came after being received by King Salman of Abdulaziz here earlier today, prior to the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) 40th summit, slated for tomorrow (Tuesday) under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia.
The GCC has proved sturdiness and ability to overcome hardships and face challenges throughout time, as well as continue with collaborative achievements, Al-Zayani noted.
He also extoled the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; King Salman, as well as his efforts to always further strengthen the bonds among Gulf brethren.
On the 40th summit agenda, he said it is packed with political, economic, defense-related and legal issues and items, as well as discussions over recent regional and international developments.
The common GCC market, the customs' union, the monetary union, the electricity grid and authorities of economic, developmental and judicial affairs are among the major achievements attained throughout the Council's history, Al-Zayani noted, pointing out that the upcoming endeavor include the completion and operation of the Gulf railroad project.
He added that another goal of GCC leaders is to accomplish total equality among Gulf citizens in terms of freedom of movement, work, conducting business and property-ownership, as well as enjoying social, educational and healthcare services, which would contribute to a thriving pan-GCC trade.
Pan-GCC trade volume reached USD 147 billion in 2018, compared to USD six billion in 2003, Al-Zayani indicated. (end)