Al-Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, during his opening speech at the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit held in Riyadh on Tuesday, stressed that the Gulf region must unite against the Iranian regime’s aggression in the region.
“The Iranian regime has continued its aggressive policies in the region that undermine the stability of neighboring countries,” King Salman said.
Since its establishment, the Saudi King said, the GCC has been able to overcome several crises that have hit the region.
He also called on the international community to take the necessary measures to ensure energy supplies and the freedom of maritime navigation is secured.
King Salman welcomed the heads of delegations from the GCC countries earlier on Tuesday, including the UAE delegate Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Qatar’s delegate Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Oman’s delegate Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers.
The summit will see heads of state discuss key topics that include maritime security, Iran’s interference in the region, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Syrian crisis, the war in Yemen, as well as enhancing cooperation within the council.
This year’s summit comes amid heightened regional tensions following the September 14 attacks on two Saudi oil facilities and a spate of attacks on shipping in the Gulf, which have been widely blamed on Iran.
The GCC has supported Washington’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran through sanctions, and the region is at a heightened state of alert for further backlashes.Last Update: Tuesday, 10 December 2019 KSA 15:37 – GMT 12:37