On December 14, Riyadh hosted the 42nd annual meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The meeting took place at Diriyah Palace and was chaired by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on behalf of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Qatar Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al Jaber Al Sabah, and Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said participated in the meeting on behalf of their countries.
The meeting came as the first of its kind since the Gulf crisis was resolved in the previous summit, which was held in Al Ula.
During the meeting, a wide range of security issues, including Iran’s nuclear program, and the ongoing situation in Yemen, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, and Libya were discussed.
The need for joint action against common threats was highlighted in the meeting, as well.
This call also took place in the closing statement of the summit. In the statement concerned, Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Al Hajraf expressed that the member states reiterated their commitments to the principle of “any attack on any of them is an attack on all, and any danger that threatens one of them is a threat to all.”
The leaders also reportedly exchanged views on cooperation and ways of improving them in several fields, including economy, investment, cybersecurity, and climate change.