GCC commends both Kuwait and ­Iraq on understanding to solve sticky issues

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02/06/2013 | 10:57 PM | World News
JEDDAH, June 2 (KUNA) ­­ GCC foreign ministers have commended an understanding between Kuwait and Iraq over a mechanism to follow up the issue of prisoners and missing people from Kuwait and other countries, as well as returning the State of Kuwait’s properties and national archive.

The foreign ministers, in a statement at the end of their one­day meeting here, welcomed Iraq’s cooperation to implementing UN Security Council’s (UNSC) resolutions, namely those related to the completion of maintenance of border signs with Kuwait.

They also welcomed Iraq’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the border signs’ maintenance. Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al­Khalid Al­Hamad Al­Sabah signed last

Tuesday two MoUs with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, included maintenance measures for border markings and financing a project of constructing a residential complex in Umm Qasr.

On Syria, the foreign ministers of the six Arab Gulf countries decided to consider taking measures against “interests” of the Hezbollah in the GCC countries, following the Lebanese party’s military intervention in the Syrian conflict.

They condemned Hezbollah’s “blatant interference” in Syria, saying the party’s secretary general Hassan Nasrallah’s speech over the Syrian crisis was “inciting discord.” They rebuffed Nasrallah’s promise to “change the equation” in the region. They urged the Lebanese government to keep a neutral position vis­a­vis fighting in neighboring Syria.

The top diplomats called on the international community to double efforts to stop bloodshed in Syria and restore security, stability and unity of the Arab country.

They welcomed outcome of meetings of the Syrian opposition groups in Istanbul, Turkey, last month.

The foreign ministers condemned the outrageous Israeli attacks on Syrian territories, urging UN Security Council (UNSC) to prevent recurrence of such attacks which were “dangerous violation of sovereignty of an Arab country.” On Iran, the senior officials condemned senior Iranian leaders’ remarks against Bahrain and its people, considering them “blatant” and “systematic” interference in the Gulf Kingdom’s affairs.

They also condemned Iran for sending a spy plane which was found in north of Bahrain, considering the move “hostile.” They regretted lack of progress over Iran’s nuclear program, and rejected anew the Islamic Republic’s occupation of three UAE’s islands ­ Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Moussa.

They said Iran should heed to international diplomatic efforts to remove all sticky issues over the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. Meanwhile, the GCC foreign ministers praised last March Arab summit’s decision to establish USD ­one­billion Al­Quds Fund, and Qatar’s donation of USD 250 million to the fund.

They welcomed launch of Yemen’s national dialogue conference and commended president Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s restructuring of the armed forces.

The foreign ministers asserted importance of dialogue between all conflicting parties in Iraq in a drive to preserve the country’s security, stability and unity.

They condemned the attacks in several Iraqi cities and towns killing and wounding innocent civilians. They said the Iraqi government should stop some political parties’ interference in the internal affairs of the GCC
countries.

They condemned the massacres against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, approved a strategy on egovernment and established a committee for anti­corruption authorities.

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