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  During a lecture at the National Defence College in the Sultanate of Oman: GCC Secretary General: the GCC Forms the Pillar of Security and Stability in the Region, and the Leader of Comprehensive Development, as it Preserves Achievements and Gains

General Secretariat – Muscat

​HE Dr Nayef Falah M. Al Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), has recently asserted that the Council forms the pillar of security and stability in the region, and the leader of comprehensive development, as it preserves achievements and gains, and moves towards the future with confidence and ambition.


HE the Secretary General reaffirmed that the GCC is a firm entity that rests on a solid base and works for the future to preserve the gains of the state and its people, while he highlighted the achievements of the Council during the past four decades and underlining the most important stations that formed a milestone of its journey.

HE Dr Al Hajraf’s statements came during his visit on Thursday (May 19, 2022) to the National Defence College at the Bait Al Falaj camp in the Omani capital Muscat, where he was received by Major General Staff Engineer Saleh bin Yahya Al Maskari, President of the Academy of Strategic and Defence Studies, and Major General Hamid bin Ahmed Sakron, Commander of the National Defence College, and a number of the college leaders. 

In the visit, HE the Secretary General delivered a lecture during the ninth batch of the college programme, in the presence of participants who included leaders of the Sultanate from the various military, security and civil sectors of the state.

Dr Al Hajraf expressed his delight to visit this distinguished establishment, which he said is a testament of the sustainable development process achievements in the Sultanate of Oman, at the same time he praised the support received by the National Defence College from the Wise leadership in the Sultanate.

Furthermore, HE the Secretary General briefed the attendees on the Cooperation Council and its contributions, in light of regional and international changes, and it’s the Council’s solidarity despite the challenges that the region has gone through, stressing the need to continue to advance the process of joint Gulf action, and to harness the comprehensive political, economic and military capabilities to confront various challenges.

Elaborating further, HE Dr Al Hajraf reiterated that the security of the GCC states is an indivisible whole, recalling the practical steps taken by the GCC states to support their collective security, such as the joint defence agreement, the defence strategy of the GCC states, linking the air force and air defence operations centres, implementing bilateral and joint exercises and training, approving the establishment of the Gulf Academy for Strategic and Security Studies, and the opening of the headquarters of the Unified Military Command in the Saudi capital Riyadh, which all come as a true translation of the support and interest received by the joint defence cooperation from their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC countries.

Speaking of the GCC methodology and its reflection on regional and global security and peace, as well as its future vision to sustain its position as the most important political and economic entity at the level of the region, HE the Secretary General said the Council has proven its ability to do so by facing challenges over a period of 40 years, preserving the gains, and moving forward to the future with confidence and aptitude, while maintaining its principles and constants towards the issues of the Arab and Islamic nations, and its positive engagement with the international community to enhance global security and stability.

Moreover, he also noted during his speech to the achievements of the GCC in various fields, in order to realise the aspirations of their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC states, while he praised the solid relations that bring together the GCC countries and their unremitting efforts to achieve more interdependence and integration. 

HE Dr Al Hajraf emphasised that the GCC is capable of facing various challenges and to continue its journey towards achieving its for the good and interest of its citizens and to preserve the security and stability of the region.

HE the Secretary General further stressed the GCC  states’ strength, enabling the council to enhance its leading and developmental role towards achieving comprehensive development, and at the same time, maintaining its regional and international position and its pioneering role in promoting regional peace and security and working on the stability of the region as an essential factor for global peace and security.

HE Dr Al Hajraf reviewed the areas of joint Gulf action and work to implement the decisions of the Supreme Council and to complete the implementation of the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, which requires focusing on completing the customs union and the Gulf common market, with a focus on the requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, artificial intelligence, strengthening cybersecurity, protecting society and youth, and enhancing the positive media role, with a focus on the continuity of investment of the GCC states in education and human capital as one of the most important pillars of Gulf integration. He also asserted the need to build strategic relations with countries and international and regional groups to strengthen the Council’s strategic position to serve its interests and maintain its security and stability.

HE the Secretary General concluded the lecture by underscoring the significance of investing in the future, building on the constants and working to achieve the leading position of the GCC, in implementation of the directives of their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC countries.