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His Highness Amir: Differences in views shouldn't turn into disputes, boycott
December 10, 2014, 8:20 am

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said Tuesday differences in points of view among GCC countries should not escalate to "dispute and boycott," because it would weaken the Gulf bloc and undermine its achievements.

"We believe that differences in points of view is normal and necessary, from which we should not panic, and we should not reach the level of dispute and boycott, which will undoubtedly weaken us and undermine our ability to maintaining our achievements," His Highness the Amir said in a speech before the 35th Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

His Highness the Amir said the fundamentals of unity that combined the six GCC countries outmatched the "fundamentals of boycott." He said dialogue would also help the GCC countries to overcome "any dispute ... (towards) our common destiny." His Highness the Amir said turning the GCC into a union was the goal and hope of "the GCC countries, and it is in harmony with our statute and an activation of the resolutions of our common action.

"We should work on creating a solid foundation to pave the way for the union, a foundation that means that we overcome our differences and protect our experience," he said.

His Highness the Amir therefore proposed formation of a high-level committee consisting of experts and specialists, tasked with thoroughly studying the union issue and refer their recommendations to the foreign ministers then to the leaders.

His Highness the Amir said the 35th GCC summit was held a year since the last December summit in Kuwait, during which "we lived with concern and fear on the common march, which compel us to work tirelessly to maintain our achievements amidst critical regional and international circumstances, which justified our concern."

However, he added, the wisdom and keenness of the GCC leaders, coupled with the summit meeting that was hosted by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh, contributed to the complimentary agreement that addressed these "exceptional circumstances." His Highness Sheikh Sabah said the GCC was also facing key challenges amidst drop of oil prices "which have been influencing our income and development programs."

His Highness the Amir called for further strengthening of common economies in order to counter these challenges and to enable "us to confront any negative developments harming our economies." On Syria, His Highness the Amir regretted the international community's failure to stop the killing and destruction in Syria, as well as displacement of millions of people in and outside the countries, in addition to threatening the regional and international peace and security.

"We are before a historic, moral, humanitarian and legal responsibility that compel us to double the efforts with the international community to put an end to this humanitarian crisis, and preserving international peace and security," His Highness the Amir said.

He underlined that conflict in Syria, which broke out in March 2011 and killed hundreds of thousands of people, could not be solved but via peaceful means.
His Highness the Amir, meanwhile, called on Iran to respond to the calls of the United Arab Emirates to end its occupation of the three UAE islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Moussa - through direct negotiations or international arbitration.

His Highness the Amir said the Israeli stubbornness and insistance to build settlements, desecrating sanctities, attacking Al-Aqsa Mosque and refusal to abide by UN resolutions resulted in lack of progress in the Middle East peace process, thus keeping the Palestinian cause unsolved.

His Highness the Amir reiterated rejection of all forms of terrorism, and reaffirmed commitment to all UN resolutions against this "dangerous phenomenon." His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad voiced concern over the development in Yemen, caused by the failure of all parties to abide by the peace and partnership agreement thus hampering implementation of the GCC insitiative and its executive mechanism.

His Highness the Amir commended Oman's endeavors towards a solution for the Iranian nuclear program. He urged Iran to fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

His Highness the Amir also voiced concern over the hostilities in Libya, urging all conflicting parties to cease all violent actions and hold a dialogue for national reconciliation.

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