GCC foreign ministers meet in Saudi Arabia ahead of Gulf summit

Foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) arrive, ahead of an annual leaders summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 9, 2019. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

RIYADH (Rahnuma): : Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar discussed political and security issues in Riyadh Monday ahead of the GCC summit.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting takes place in the capital on Tuesday, chaired by King Salman.

Earlier Monday, Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Muhammad Al-Khalifa, Yusef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, responsible for Oman’s foreign affairs, and Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi arrived at the Royal Terminal of King Khalid International Airport.

They were welcomed to the Kingdom by Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani and the GCC’s ambassadors to Saudi Arabia.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, Al-Zayani said that Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

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