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  The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council participates in Beirut Institute Summit

GCC- Abu Dhabi

The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani participated in Beirut Institute Summit Edition III (Thinking 2020: What to Expect? How to Prepare?) Held on Sunday, 13 October 2019, in Abu Dhabi. The Summit was attended by a number of intellectuals, experts, researchers, media practitioners, policy and decision makers, specialists in regional and international affairs and civil society leaders, in order to discuss the development of relations between the Arab region and the world.

The Secretary General stressed during the first session that the Middle East is going through difficult circumstances, bitter conflicts and an escalation that need to be addressed decisively. He said that some Arab generations because of the ongoing wars have become without education and lost safety and care.

He said that a simple citizen in the region wants to live in peace and security with his neighbors regardless of religious, ethnic or sectarian differences, adding that Iran's insistence on exporting the revolution does not help to stabilize the region. He pointed out that the GCC States extended a hand of cooperation with Iran, and were explicit in determining their claims.

He noted that Iran has the opportunity to reconsider its nuclear program and its program to develop ballistic missiles and its interference in the internal affairs of neighboring countries. He added that the great powers, including the United States of America, have the upper hand in controlling and managing the conflict, and to reach a political solution to the problems that exist.

The Secretary General said that the Iranian Constitution explicitly provides for the export of the revolution, pointing out that the Charter of the United Nations provides for good neighborliness between States. The international community must define its position on the obstacles and challenges facing the region.

The Secretary General stressed the importance of a unified diplomatic effort to reach a peaceful political solution that would reassure the world of the Iranian nuclear file, its missile program and its interventions in the internal affairs of the countries of the region, and the GCC States should be an integral part of these unified efforts.