Abdullah heads UAE delegation to GCC meet

Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday headed the UAE delegation to the extraordinary meeting of the GCC Ministerial Council in Riyadh to discuss the attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir and with the participation of GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

The UAE delegation included Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs; and Mohammed Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Abdullah was received by his Saudi counterpart Adel Al Jubeir, GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and Mohammed Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Saudi Arabia when he arrived in Riyadh earlier in the day.

The GCC Ministerial Council expressed strong condemnation and rejection of these attacks, holding the Iranian authorities fully responsible for these terrorist acts in accordance with its commitment to the 1961 and 1963 Vienna Conventions as well as the international law, which hold the countries responsible for protecting diplomatic missions.

The GCC Ministerial Council also condemned the blatant Iranian interventions in the internal affairs of Saudi Arabia, as reflected by the Iran's hostile and provocative statements on the judicial rulings implemented by t Saudi against a number of terrorists. The GCC Ministerial Council considered these statements a direct incitement for launching attacks on the diplomatic missions of Saudi.

The GCC Ministerial Council stressed that such acts do not serve the cause of peace and security in the region and the world; are contrary to the principles of good neighbourliness, non-interference in the internal affairs of states, respect for sovereignty; and result in complicating the situation and igniting more crises in the region.

The GCC Ministerial Council stressed that GCC countries do support the decisions and measures taken by Saudi to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and to find the perpetrators of terrorist acts and instigators of sedition and bring them to justice. The GCC Foreign Ministers praised the efficiency, independence and integrity of the judiciary of Saudi Arabia.

The GCC Ministerial Council expressed its full support for the measures taken by Saudi Arabia to face terrorist attacks on its diplomatic missions in Iran, stressing that the GCC countries will take further appropriate measures to address these attacks. The GCC Ministerial Council welcomed the categorical rejection of these attacks expressed by Arab, Islamic and friendly countries and the UN Security Council, calling on all States and the international community to take serious and effective steps to prevent such attacks on diplomatic missions in Iran.

The GCC Ministerial Council condemned Iran's continued occupation of the three UAE islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, spreading of sectarian strife, support for terrorist organizations, and incitement to undermine security and stability in the GCC countries. The GCC Ministerial Council agreed on establishing an effective mechanism to address the Iranian interference.

The GCC Ministerial Council urged the international community to take necessary measures to compel Iran to respect the principle of good neighbourliness, to stop its activities destabilizing the region, to stop its support for terrorism, to not interfere in the internal affairs of the GCC countries and the region's countries, and to not use or threaten to use force.
 

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