The FMs express their support for peace in Afghanistan
DJEDDAH, September 18: The Ministerial Council of the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Thursday reiterated its firm opposition to Iran’s continued occupation of three islands in the United Arab Emirates. The final statement of the 149th council meeting renewed the GCC’s unwavering support for the sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates over the three islands of Abu Moussa, and the Great and the Little Tunbs. The UAE has unequivocal sovereignty over these islands, including their territorial waters, airspace and continental shelf, according to the statement, read by GCC Secretary General Dr Nayef Al Hajraf. The ministerial meeting was held at the GCC Secretariat based in Riyadh under the chairmanship of Bahraini Foreign Minister Dr Abdullatif Al-Zayani. The council maintains its position that the three islands are an integral part of the territories of the United Arab Emirates, and thus finds null and void any act or practice of Iran on these islands, the statement said. He called on Iran to respond positively to the UAE’s efforts to resolve the dispute through direct negotiations or to refer it to the International Court of Justice. Regarding relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the council reiterated its previous resolutions and its basic principles of good neighborliness, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of others.
He also stressed the need to resolve any dispute by peaceful means and to avoid resorting or threatening to use force, and to reject all acts of terrorism or sectarianism, on the basis of the Charter of the United Nations. and international law. The statement expressed the hope that the new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi would play a positive role in easing tensions and building confidence between GCC states, on the one hand, and his country on the other, in accordance with the GCC positions of which Iran was aware. He also expressed hope that talks on Iran’s nuclear program would address Iran’s destabilizing role in the region and its sponsorship of terrorist and sectarian militias as well as the country’s missile program and the safety of international shipping and oil installations. The ministerial meeting denounced Iran’s failure to meet its nuclear obligations by accelerating uranium enrichment beyond the level necessary for peaceful purposes. He urged Iran to abandon this decision and fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Council of Foreign Ministers also expressed Thursday its support for the peace process in Afghanistan and the vital role of certain Gulf States in facilitating the evacuation operations carried out, with the countries concerned, from this country.
Speakers affirmed the GCC’s solidarity with the Afghan people, urging the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in providing humanitarian support to Afghanistan, the statement said. They also praised Qatar’s contribution to the reopening of Kabul airport. The council stressed that the crisis in Afghanistan will be resolved by the Afghans themselves. The ministers called on all countries to avoid interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, stressing the importance of not using the country by an international terrorist group or exploiting its territories in drug trafficking, according to the press release. On the Ethiopian Renaissance Great Dam (GERD), the statement confirmed that the water security of Egypt and Sudan is an integral part of Arab national security, rejecting any action or measure taken to negatively affect rights of these countries on the Nile. The council renewed the support of the GCC to all efforts aimed at contributing to the resolution of the dam crisis, taking into account the interests of all parties.
The statement further affirmed the importance of continuing talks between the three countries – Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia – to reach a fair and binding agreement as soon as possible in accordance with international laws and criteria. In addition, the council expressed the firm solidarity of the GCC with the Lebanese people to maintain the security and stability of Lebanon in the midst of these exceptional and difficult conditions that the country is going through. He called on Lebanese politicians to assume their responsibilities in restoring security, stability and development in Lebanon, and to cooperate with international organizations to carry out the necessary economic reforms. On the Libyan crisis, the ministerial meeting welcomed the efforts of the presidential council, the government of national unity and the joint military committee (5 + 5) for the reopening of the coastal road between the east and the west of Libya . The speakers welcomed the efforts of the Libyan political forum to ensure the legal and constitutional frameworks and bases for the holding of the national elections scheduled for December 24, the statement concluded. , (KUNA)