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Gulf Corporation Council celebrates its 43rd year

Gulf Corporation Council celebrates its 43rd year

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) marked its 43rd anniversary in Riyadh on Sunday with a ceremony attended by members, ambassadors and guests, including Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

GCC Secretary-General Jasem Al-Budaiwi highlighted the council's shared religious, historical, social and cultural values.

Al-Budaiwi emphasized the GCC's vision for integration since its formation on May 25, 1981, in Abu Dhabi. Initially created as an economic group, the six-member bloc, comprising the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, has expanded to address stability, security and cooperation in energy, agriculture, telecommunications and education.

Addressing current challenges, Al-Budaiwi condemned the violations against Palestinians by Israel, calling for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid for Gaza. He reiterated the GCC's support for an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and UN resolutions.

Al-Budaiwi also highlighted recent GCC achievements in economic relations and global trade, stressing the importance of continuing these efforts. He expressed confidence in the region's youth to further strengthen the GCC's role globally.

The ceremony included a speech by Qatar's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah and concluded with traditional songs and dances from member nations, including Saudi Arabia's Ardah dance.

Inputs from: Arab News

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