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  The Meeting of the GCC Ministerial Committee for Culture

GCC- Muscat
The GCC Ministerial Committee for Culture held the 23rd meeting on Thursday, 10 October 2019, in Muscat, Oman. The meeting was chaired by, HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman, Chairman of the current session and the participation of the GCC Ministers of Culture and the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani.
In his opening speech, HH Minister of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman stressed the importance of rooting and consolidating everything that constitutes the values of pride in the authenticity of the Gulf cultural identity and its distinctive characteristics to become at the forefront of what we cherish, maintain its integrity and value.
He said that the most important issue at the current session is the recommendations of the GCC Working groups responsible to review and reformulate the GCC cultural strategy, announcing the launching of a new phase of the GCC cultural joint work. He expressed his aspiration to make a qualitative leap for the methods of cultural work and its goals and work together to produce programs and cultural activities that keep pace with the cultural scene's activity and high-end creations.
In his speech, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council affirmed that their Majesties and Highnesses, the leaders of the GCC States, may God protect them, attach great importance to the cultural movement in the GCC States, for its active role in promoting Human Thought and awareness and national sense, and directed, God bless them, to provide a stimulating culture for the Gulf youth to unleash their creative energies in various fields; and they stressed the need to work towards achieving their aspirations.
The Secretary General said that remarkable achievements had been made in this important sector and the GCC States cultural achievements regionally and internationally is truly a reason of pride for all citizens of the GCC States. It is a clear demonstration of the intensive efforts of the wise Governments and the huge budgets allocated to provide a cultural environment that stimulates intellectual and artistic creativity.
The Secretary General expressed his deep appreciation and gratitude for the distinguished efforts exerted by the Ministers to develop ambitious plans to establish modern cultural projects such as theaters and art galleries, provide the support for the development of authorship and publishing and enhance the cooperation and integration among the GCC States in various cultural fields.
The meeting discussed a number of issues related to GCC joint work in the field of culture and national heritage, and took appropriate decisions.