GCC calls for economic integration


The Sultanate’s delegation at the 34th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit held in Kuwait. Photo - ONA

Kuwait City/Muscat: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders have called for the implementation of the economic resolutions that contribute to the prosperity of GCC people. In their 'Kuwait Declaration' yesterday, the leaders, at the summit held in Kuwait, called for achieving development projects to honour the aspirations of people.

They called for the implementation of all resolutions for the benefit of GCC people, and underlined the importance of continuous efforts for achieving economic integration, including the removal of obstacles facing the creation of the common Gulf market and the custom union in order to boost trade.

The declaration called for speeding up the integration of infrastructure projects like railway, electricity and water linkages, as well as preservation of environment.

Sayyid Fahd returns home
Meanwhile, His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, returned home after leading Sultanate's delegation to the summit on behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.  Sayyid Fahd has sent a cable of thanks to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, and similar cables to senior officials, saying it was an honour to take part in the summit. He commended the outcomes of the summit, which will achieve further progress for people in the GCC countries.

Troops withdrawal
The leaders also called for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Syria. Adopting a firm position on Syria, the GCC "strongly condemned the continued genocide that (President Bashar) Al Assad's regime is committing against the Syrian people using heavy and chemical weapons".

Iran's orientation
The leaders also welcomed the new orientation by the Iranian leadership towards the GCC countries and hoped it would be followed by concrete measures that would positively impact regional peace, said the concluding statement.

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