The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s member states ‘desperately need to‘ unify their efforts to advance the region and face the challenges that surround them, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said during his opening speech at the 41st GCC Summit in AlUla on Tuesday.
‘The threats posed by the Iranian regime’s nuclear program, its ballistic missile program, and its destructive mission that it and its proxies carries our, and all of its terrorist and sectorian activities that are aimed at destabilizing the region‘, pose the biggest challenge to the region, the crown prince said.
The GCC leaders must call on the international community to work together to stop these programs that threaten the security of the region and the world, he added.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also announced that the member states have all signed the AlUla Declaration, named after the Saudi Arabian region where the historic summit was held.
The AlUla Declaration emphasizes ‘solidarity and stability in the Gulf, Arab and Islamic countries, and the strengthening of bonds of friendship and brotherhood between our countries and peoples, in a way that serves their hopes and aspirations‘, the crown prince said.
The council ‘was established on the special relationship that binds our countries and common denominators represented by the bonds of faith, kinship and the common destiny of our peoples’, he added.
The summit is missing two great leaders who played a major role in mediating talks between members states, the late Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and the late Sultan Qaboos, the crown prince said.
‘We consider with great thanks and appreciation the efforts to heal the rift that were previously led by His Highness Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad-may God have mercy on him – and His Highness Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad continued to follow them‘, he said.
The crown prince also thanked the United states for its efforts in mediating the rift between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
The countries cut diplomatic and trade links with Doha in 2017 over its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and its interference in the affairs.
Ahead of the summit crown prince welcomed Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to AlUla with a hug.