Securing the Larger Interest of the Gulf Region

  • 18 November 2014

The Gulf meeting in Riyadh, which was headed by His Majesty, Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, and held in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander the UAE Armed Forces, and leaders of Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar, has put the collective GCC framework back on track.

By arriving at a Riyadh supplementary agreement, the meeting has opened a new chapter in relations within GCC countries, as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain decided to send their ambassadors to Qatar. This has undoubtedly built a favorable atmosphere for holding the GCC summit, which is scheduled to be held in Doha in December. This development will benefit people of the GCC, who always look for greater compatibility, integration and unity among themselves.

The UAE has expressed happiness over the successful meeting in Riyadh, welcoming the restoration of Gulf mechanism in the larger interest of collective framework, which benefits all concerned. This confirms the UAE’s firm position in support of GCC’s collective initiatives and demonstrates that it will not hesitate to take any step toward achieving this objective. The country believes in unity and has played a historical role in establishing the GCC, which took shape in Abu Dhabi on the 25th of May 1981.

Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) was a unionist leader. He worked hard to strengthen the bonds of solidarity among Arab Gulf countries. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) has followed into his footsteps, supporting all efforts to promote collective Gulf security in its broadest sense. The positions adopted by the UAE in recent times stem from its deep desire to ensure cohesion and unity within Gulf countries.

The UAE believes that the Gulf, Arab and Middle East region, and indeed the whole world, expect greater GCC solidarity. Gulf countries have been undoubtedly encouraged by the Riyadh agreement. This has raised the hope of greater cooperation and coordination among GCC countries in times to come. The challenges presented by regional and international circumstances need a unified Gulf vision and a strong and active position to address them.