GCC agrees to support Qatar’s move to chair UN General Assembly

September 20, 2010
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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have agreed to support Qatar’s bid to chair the next United Nations General Assembly.

“We agreed to work diligently to support Qatar’s UN General Assembly presidency bid, as this will have outstanding developments for Arab issues,” Shaikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, Kuwait’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, said in remarks carried by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) from New York City.

The minister, whose country this year chairs the GCC, said that the six GCC foreign ministers discussed the Qatari bid and focused on security and stability issues of interest to the region at a roundtable meeting on the sidelines of the 65th UN General Assembly.

Iran as a major country in the region should have a positive role in the security and stability of the Gulf, he said.

“However, there are international resolutions and Iran needs to deal with them in a positive way in order to ease the tension in the region. We reiterate our call to our friends in Iran to respond positively so that we can all turn this page on the Iranian nuclear programme. What is needed is the stress on the peaceful purpose of this programme. I believe that Iran has done this several times, but now it needs to respond positively to the requirements stipulated in the international resolutions,” he said.

Shaikh Mohammad said that the region should be tension-free and that military confrontation be avoided.

“The Gulf has suffered from military confronts since Saddam Husain invaded Kuwait. We want now to focus on the development of our countries and the well-being of our citizens and to use our potential to elevate the status and enhance the living conditions of our people,” he said.

Referring to Iraq, the Kuwaiti foreign minister said Kuwait strongly hoped that its neighbour could exit Chapter VII, in an indication that Baghdad has completed the implementation of relevant UN resolutions.

Shaikh Mohammad reiterated Kuwait’s readiness to help Iraq.

“We have affirmed repeatedly that we are ready to help Iraq. Actually, we do help it complete the implementation of (UN) resolutions, since this, in fact, will be the way to exit Chapter VII,” he said, quoted by KUNA.

According to the minister, the GCC reiterated its support for the Palestinian issue and a just and comprehensive Middle East peace based on Israel’s withdrawal from all the occupied Arab territories, Syria’s Golan Heights and Lebanon’s territories.

Shaikh Mohammad said that the Gulf ministers decided to coordinate their positions within the framework of the Arab League on other major Arab issues, including Sudan and Somalia.

 

         

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