The 39th GCC Summit, which concluded in Riyadh on Sunday, served to highlight the threats to the security and stability of the region, and the economic challenges it faces, an editorial in a local English language daily has said.
The editorial, in today’s edition of Gulf News, said, “Crucially for the member states, it underlined the importance of maintaining a united front against Iran and the terrorism it helps spread in the region.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, who chaired the summit, pointed out that the key was to hold on to the gains that have been made, and to work with the GCC’s partners to preserve security and stability in the region and the world.
The paper continued, “Collective action will help Gulf states meet the aspirations of the citizens of the GCC, and deepen the Gulf integration that was the main goal of leaders who established the Council in 1981. It would also mean the Council will remain faithful to the ‘Basic Law’, which was adopted by the founders. The law holds that the ultimate goal of the GCC is to achieve coordination, integration and interdependence among the member states in all fields.
“In the final communique of the Riyadh Summit, leaders agreed to develop a road map towards achieving integration between the GCC states and strengthen their relations with the international community to achieve more growth and prosperity.
“Another sign of unity within the Council came in the form of the summit’s support for the right of the UAE to regain sovereignty over its three islands illegally occupied by Iran: the Greater and the Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa, and over the territorial waters, the airspace, the continental shelf, and the economic zone of these islands. They are an integral part of the UAE.
“There is increasing realisation about the importance of the joint defence system. The Gulf states showed they were alive to this notion by highlighting the need to appoint a commander of the unified military command as an important step to completing the joint defence system,” added the Dubai-based daily.