Times of Oman
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GCC calls for speedy transition in Syria
December 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM
His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, with GCC leaders at the 33rd GCC Summit in Manama. Pic: ONA

Manama: The 33rd session of the GCC Supreme Council presided over by His Highness King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa concluded with GCC Secretary-General Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani issuing the final communiqué in Manama.

Reviewing the latest developments in Syria, the GCC leaders discussed the deteriorating situation and the suffering of the Syrian people. Expressing utmost pain and grief over the continuous bloodshed and loss of innocent lives and destruction of cities and infrastructure, the leaders called for speedy political power transition.

The Supreme Council urged the international community to move promptly to stop massacres that are against all international laws and human values. The Council asserted its support to the Syrian National Coalition, the sole representative of the Syrian people that was formed in Doha on November 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

The Council expressed its support to the mission of the UN Arab Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. Asserting that permanent, fair and comprehensive peace cannot be achieved without Israel's full withdrawal from Arab territories it has occupied since 1976 in Palestine, the Syrian Golan Heights and Lebanon, it was decided to work for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State whose capital should be in eastern Al Quds.

The Supreme Council congratulated the brotherly Palestinian people for winning the status of UN non-member observer state, and hoped this would be a step forward towards creation of the Palestinian State.  The Council condemned Israel's colonial policies and welcomed the ceasefire in Gaza brokered by Egypt.

Rejecting terrorism and extremism of all sorts, the members condemned the terror attacks in Manama City recently and praised the Government of Bahrain for its efforts aimed at preserving national unity, security and stability.

Apart from discussing regional and international issues and passing resolutions on the GCC action regarding Article (3) of economic agreement for boosting GCC citizenship in various spheres and deepening economic integration between member states, they also discussed the economic situation in their countries and expressed delight at the remarkable growth and development in various sectors.

Urging the member countries to expedite the implementation of economic agreement for unification of financial and monetary policies, integration of infrastructures, boosting production capacities and creating more job opportunities for citizens, the leaders called for compilation of plans for further assimilation among the GCC-member states.

With the objective of achieving the aspirations of GCC youths and for investing their energies and boosting their talents, the Council called for a comprehensive study to determine the programmes for their welfare.

The Supreme Council ratified resolutions of the Joint Defence Council and welcomed the creation of a Unified Military Command to coordinate, plan and command additional land, naval and air forces. It was decided to provide medical treatment to armed forces and their dependents in military hospitals of the GCC states whenever they are on official duty in member states.

His Highness  Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers returned home yesterday evening after taking part on behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in the 33rd GCC Summit.

Sayyid Fahd met Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jabir Al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, at Al Sakhir Palace. They discussed the existing bilateral cooperation between the Sultanate and Kuwait.

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