Gulf Action in the Face of Common Challenges

  • 16 December 2009

The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has on several recent occasions affirmed the UAE’s commitment to joint Gulf action. At the reception held on December 7 in honor of the Secretary-General of the GCC, Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al-Attiya, His Highness affirmed the UAE’s support for the Council’s progress in all fields. Again, in an interview with the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA), which was published on the 10th of this month, His Highness reaffirmed the UAE’s stand on Gulf unity, especially as they relate to strong ties at the social, geographical, economic and other levels.  Thereafter, on his arrival in Kuwait to attend the 30th Gulf Summit, His Highness underscored the UAE’s deep understanding of the importance of the GCC in order to meet common challenges, where His Highness pointed out that the latest developments in our region and the world force us to evolve a collective vision, and to combine our efforts and positions at all levels to maintain the security of Gulf States and its stability, to achieve the hopes and aspirations of all our peoples. 

The UAE’s commitments, which were expressed by the President His Highness, confirm a number of important issues: the first being the firm faith of the UAE in the GCC’s system and its ability to move ahead based upon and supported by desired Gulf unity.  The second issue pertains to the deep understanding of the fact that the GCC could not confront its disparate dangerous challenges. The third point relates to the continuing GCC development and upgrading of its working mechanism in the interest of all countries of the Council, which work to achieve development, security and stability for its communities and peoples.  The fourth issue pertains to the support by the UAE for joint Gulf action, which is based on strong historical and principled foundations. Historically, efforts made by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan played a pivotal role in the establishment of the GCC in 1981. At the level of principles, the UAE marks a great experience at unity, which is successful, progressive and Arab at the same time. It realizes the importance of unity and gains that could be achieved through it, as it could provide strength and the ability to meet even the most difficult of challenges and problems. Therefore, it stands firmly behind any positive steps that support not only the GCC’s progress, but also the common Arab action in general.