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  Statement Issued by the 44th Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council

General Secretariat – Tashkent
In light of the military escalation and developments taking place in the Middle East region, the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held its 44th extraordinary meeting, on Monday, Shawwal 6, 1445 H, corresponding to April 15, 2024, at the headquarters of the Qatari Embassy in Tashkent, on the side-lines of the joint ministerial meeting between the GCC and Central Asian countries.

The meeting was chaired by His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and President of the current session of the Ministerial Council, with the participation of Their Highnesses and Excellencies:

His Excellency Mr Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates

His Excellency Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain

His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman
 
His Excellency Mr Abdullah Ali Abdullah Al Yahya

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait

And His Excellency Mr Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The ministers discussed coordination mechanisms between the GCC states and joint action to confront these developments, and the following statement was adopted:

1.The Ministerial Council expressed its deep concern over the recent, very dangerous developments of military escalation in the Middle East region, and their negative impact on regional security and stability, stressing the importance of reducing the escalation immediately to maintain the security and stability of the region, and the need for all parties to make joint efforts and take the approach of diplomacy as an effective mean in resolving conflicts, exercising the utmost levels of self-restraint, and sparing the region and its people the dangers of war.

2.The Ministerial Council called for the Security Council to fulfil its responsibility towards maintaining international peace and security, especially in this region that is extremely sensitive to global peace and security, and to prevent the crisis from worsening, which would have serious consequences if it expanded.

3.The Ministerial Council reiterated the firm position of the Cooperation Council regarding the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, demanding an immediate ceasefire and Israeli military operations, ensuring the provision of access to all humanitarian and relief aid and basic needs, and the necessity of operating electricity and water lines and allowing the entry of fuel, food and medicine for the residents of Gaza. The Cooperation Council stresses the need for the international community to adopt effective policies and measures to reach an immediate ceasefire, as the continuation of this aggression has repercussions on the security and stability of the entire region and the continuation of tensions there.

4.To halt the escalation and acts of violence against the Palestinians in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including the city of Jerusalem and the Islamic holy sites, and to stop settlement activity, land confiscation and attempts to displace the Palestinians from their lands.

5.Calling for an international conference in which all concerned parties participate to discuss all issues related to the Palestinian issue, and to reach a solution based on ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative.