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GCC Council of Ministers renews its commitment to support stability and security of Bahrain

The Council of Ministers of the Cooperation Council for Gulf Arab States renewed its commitment to support stability and security of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and supported the wise steps taken by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to restore security and stability of the country.

It praised the elections to be held late this month, which would contribute in promoting and strengthening the process of reform and progress. It also hailed the positive results of the national dialogue and the initiative of His Majesty to form the independent fact-finding commission to uncover the truth of what happened in the Kingdom recently.

This came in the 120th session of the Ministerial Council, which was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and attended by H.E. Shaikh Khalid, bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Council also expressed appreciation for the patronage of His Majesty the King for the first GCC Olympic tournament. The Council also praised the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain for hosting this sporting event.

The Council in its final statement expressed its deep concern over the continuation of provocative statements of Iranian officials and media aimed at a number of the Council's members, which is regarded as a breach of the rules of good neighbourliness and the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, calling on Iran to stop these statements and media campaigns that do not serve improve the relations between the two sides, or achieve security and stability in the region.

This meeting addressed the issues of the joint GCC action, developments on the regional and international arenas, notably the situation in Yemen, Syria, and Libya, the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia and the Iranian nuclear file.

The Council held a joint meeting with representatives of the Council's Supreme Advisory Board, where they discussed the Board's recommendations on the harmonization of the efforts of the Council Member States in the field of translation and Arabization, and foster interest in the Arabic language, as well as the issue of global warming and climate change and development of alternative energy sources.

In a joint meeting with the foreign ministers of Jordan and Morocco, the GCC's foreign ministers reviewed the results of the 13th Consultative Meeting of their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the Council held in Riyadh last May, on the subject of the admission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Morocco to the membership of the Cooperation Council.

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