GCC leaders conclude 35th Summit, issue final communique

DOHA: Their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders and heads of delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states concluded the 35th session of the GCC Supreme Council Summit at the Doha Sheraton Hotel this evening.

According to Qatar News Agency, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani delivered the GCC Supreme Council 35th session final communique in which the Supreme Council congratulated H.H. the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on assuming the presidency of the current session of the Supreme Council, appreciating His Highness’s opening remarks and eagerness to activate the process of cooperation between the GCC countries in all fields.

The Supreme Council expressed deep appreciation and gratitude for the great, sincere efforts made by H.H. the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, as the Chair of the thirty-fourth session of the Supreme Council, praising the significant steps and achievements made.

The Council was informed on standings of the consultations on the proposal of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on the transition from the cooperation stage to the union. It directed the Ministerial Council to continue consultations and complete studying the matter with the participation of Head of the specialized body in this regard, as stipulated by the Supreme Council decision in this regard in the 33rd session, which was held in Bahrain in December 2012.

The Supreme Council congratulated H.H. the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Kuwait being named as a global humanitarian hub, and the Emir of Kuwait as global humanitarian leader. On this occasion, the Supreme Council honored the Emir of Kuwait, wishing him success in the prestigious role in the service of humanity, and the State of Kuwait and its people further progress and prosperity.

The Council congratulated HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain on the success of parliamentary and municipal elections that took place in Bahrain on November 22, 2014, considering it to be a historic achievement, in which all segments of the Bahraini society participated, proving support for their wise leadership in building a prosperous future under the reforms project of HM the King of Bahrain. The Council wished the Kingdom of Bahrain and its people further progress and prosperity.

The Supreme Council reviewed the recommendations and follow-up reports submitted by the Ministerial Council and achievements made in the process of joint action since the previous session in all fields, and expressed appreciation for the efforts made to promote the process of joint cooperation, particularly with regard to the promotion of Gulf citizenship which enables GCC citizens to achieve stronger integration, considering these be important achievements in the blessed march of the Council, and a push towards broader horizons.

The Supreme Council discussed political issues at regional and international levels, in the light of the latest developments in the region and took the necessary decisions.

In economic affairs, the Supreme Council adopted the financial and economic cooperation Committee steps to reach the final status of the Customs Union. It also adopted the law (System) of food for the Gulf Cooperation Council, which aims to ensure the safety of food , and public health protection for consumers and facilitate the movement of food trade. It also adopted the all rules and principles for the integration of financial markets in the GCC States, pending the completion of standard rules for the integration of financial markets in the Gulf States.

The Supreme Council reviewed the report on water linkage and water security in the GCC States and quickly completed a long-term comprehensive strategy for GCC. It also considered the report on the functioning of the GCC railway project as the project of great importance in facilitating trade and movement of people between Member States, and stressed the importance of completing this vital project by 2018 with best specifications available globally.

The Supreme Council was informed about the functioning of the GCC Monetary Union, and the steps taken by States to implement the Gulf common market in order to activate and expand the access of nationals of the Gulf common market.

The Supreme Council affirmed the importance of continuing in the steps of the integration among the GCC States in various economic fields, and to intensify efforts to implement its resolutions on joint action with regard to the areas under the economic agreement.

The Council praised the GCC of all-round development in various fields, and expressed satisfaction with the growth in the economies of the GCC countries.

The Council commended efforts undertaken by the GCC Secretariat General to follow up the implementation of its resolutions in the interest and aspirations of youth, the Council stressed the importance of continuing the Secretariat efforts in organizing youth activities through workshops, programs, meetings and training courses, contact the international youth programs, and pilot initiatives in the area of entrepreneurship, innovation, employment, skills building and work programmess.

The Supreme Council reviewed the report of the Secretariat General on following-up to the implementation of the resolution at its session (32) (Riyadh December 2011) on the adoption of the GCC plan to combat non-communicable diseases (2011-2020), and adopted the updated “GCC plan of prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (2014 – 2025).