Continued Support of UAE for Joint Gulf Action

  • 9 December 2009

The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, during his meeting with Abdel Rahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the Secretary-General of Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), in Abu Dhabi on Monday, reiterated the UAE’s constant policy of supporting joint Gulf action to strengthen cooperation, coordination and integration within the GCC for which the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had played a pivotal role until it was launched in Abu Dhabi in May 1981.

The President stressed UAE’s keenness to support the progress made by the GCC in different fields and hoped that during the upcoming Gulf Summit, in Kuwait later this month, decisions and recommendations will be made with a view to fulfilling the ambitions of the GCC countries and their people and will be able to accomplish more in the context of a unified vision and common destiny for its states.

The UAE’s support has been a prominent factor since the establishment of the GCC and the various stages and difficulties it has passed through. This has arisen out of the need for the region’s integration and to collectively face challenges on the security, economic and political levels. Perhaps the follow-up report on the implementation of decisions made by the GCC, which was reviewed last year at the GCC Summit in Muscat, confirms UAE’s track record. The report said that the UAE has been the first country to implement all GCC decisions and the only country with no backlog in terms of the implementation since 1981.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the UAE’s commitment to joint Gulf action is that it has continued to do so even though it does not host any of the GCC bodies. The country’s true belief in this endeavor is due to its own successful unity experiment – commemorated this month in the form of the 38th UAE National Day – which makes it strongly supportive of the entire Arab unity framework, be it at the Gulf level through the GCC or at the Arab level through the Arab League. Unity has been the buzzword that opened the doors to progress and prosperity in the UAE and brought the country to the level of developed countries through a pioneering development model for the region and internationally. The UAE has been an example for the region in this regard and will continue to be so in the future.

The UAE, in May, expressed its reservations about the choice of location for Gulf Central Bank headquarters, yet it did so within a Gulf framework and even though it withdrew from the Gulf Monetary Union it confirmed, at the same time, that it looks forward to working for the benefit of the people of the GCC. The country will continue to play the role of a founding member of the GCC to pursue its goals and missions in accordance with the its own policies and the idea of joint Gulf action.