Promote Joint Gulf Action

  • 31 December 2008

The call by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (May Allah protect him) for formulating a common vision to unify the positions of Gulf countries in dealing with critical regional and international developments that have coincided with the 29th summit of the “Arabic Gulf Cooperation Council” leaders in Muscat, comes as an important statement in the wake of the challenges faced by the world due to political issues—at the regional or international levels—and the economic and financial crises that has spread to various countries of the world, along with terrorism that is assuming different forms and shapes. The President underscored the necessity of enhancing cooperation and progress, and moving to a new phase in the common Gulf endeavor that would serve the interest of countries of the GCC. This would fulfill the ambitions of its member states because the progress of the Council in previous years has been marked with many achievements in different fields, which reflects the fact that the UAE is providing support to the common Gulf endeavor in various fields in a way that ensures development and prosperity for Gulf countries and establishes the pillars of security and stability in the region.

The leaders of the Council discussed various subjects and issues related to the common Gulf endeavor, as well as the means for supporting this progress and enhancing it at all levels. In addition to discussing recent economic and political developments at the regional and Arab levels, they expressed their commitment towards enhancing the common Gulf endeavor and on developing the necessary means for continuing their commitment to effecting comprehensive development of the region, despite the regional and international challenges that affect the Gulf. This requires intensive efforts to mitigate the effects of the global financial and economic crisis. The GCC leaders reflected on the impact of the crisis at different levels internally, and stated that the GCC countries were able to overcome the threats by following balanced policies.

As part of the progress of the common Gulf endeavor in previous years, Gulf countries were able to overcome internal and external difficulties that impeded progress and confront the dangers that threatened the security and stability of the region, a task that has to be continued, in order to clear the obstacles that stand in its way, especially in coming times when challenges will increase and would require greater cooperation and commitment to avoid any economic or political upheavals that could lead to a change in the regional balance in the Middle East, particularly the Gulf region. Undoubtedly, this would require the development of a unified vision for handling a variety of important issues in light of the new political and economic realities at the regional and international levels, and necessitates the formulation of a common decision for achieving security and stability in the region, for maintaining the prosperity and development, and for building on the existing achievements and gains.