Tuesday, 23 January 2018 09:57 GMT

GCC supports Saudi raids on Yemeni rebels

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) GCC member states expressed their strong support for Saudi Arabia in its battle against Houthi insurgents on its border with Yemen. This was disclosed during the second meeting of the GCC Foreign Ministers here yesterday. The Foreign Ministers met to discuss the adoption of Qatar's vision to strengthen the role of Gulf Cooperation Council. The meeting, held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel yesterday, was attended by the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani, GCC Secretary General H E Abdurrahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Omani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Youssef bin Alawi Abdullah, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Dr Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal and UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Qarqash. Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister underlined the support of GCC countries for Saudi Arabia, which is facing armed infiltration into its territory, in a clear violation of international border agreements. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem condemned the rebel attacks and asserted Saudi right to defend its territories and safety of its people. The Prime Minister also underlined that any prejudice against Saudi Arabia is a prejudice to the security and safety of all the GCC countries. The meeting was called on the directives of the GCC Leaders issued at their 11th Summit for reviewing Qatar proposal to accelerate the pace of cooperation among GCC member states. "The ideas and contents of Qatar's vision stem from the awareness about the importance of the GCC and integration between the peoples of our countries. Qatar's vision calls for adoption of an approach that helps in realising the ambitions and aspirations of our peoples," said Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem. By Mohammed Saeed

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