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GCC Foreign Ministers Meet Ahead of Riyadh Summits

GCC foreign ministers’ council convenes in Riyadh on Wednesday

Riyadh – GCC countries laid high importance on the summits which will be held in Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

They noted that the visit would reflect the leading role assumed by Saudi Arabia in establishing peace and stability on the regional and international levels.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa said Wednesday that his country expected much from the planned summit meeting to be held in Riyadh by the GCC leaders and Trump.

The minister added that preparations were underway for the historic GCC-US summit and its joint statement as well as the agenda of the subsequent Islamic-US summit.

The Bahraini minister was speaking to reporters after attending the 143rd meeting of the GCC foreign ministers in Riyadh.

Sheikh Khaled hailed efforts deployed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz in promoting GCC international partnerships.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said that the 143rd meeting of the GCC foreign ministers approved the agendas of the GCC-US summit and the Islamic-US summit, which will be held in Riyadh on Sunday.

“The ministerial meeting also discussed the agenda topics of the 17th consultative summit meeting of the GCC leaders to be held later on the same day during the visit to Saudi Arabia by US President Donald Trump,” Al-Zayani told reporters on Wednesday.

The schedule of Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia was uncovered on Tuesday with additional details about the 17th consultative meeting of leaders of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, Gulf-US Summit, and Arab-Islamic-US Summit to be hosted by the Kingdom on Saturday and Sunday.

US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster said during a press briefing at the White House in Washington Tuesday that his country “will participate in a signing ceremony of several agreements that will further solidify US-Saudi security and economic cooperation.”

McMaster added that the US president’s speech during the Arab-Islamic-US summit “is intended to unite the broader Muslim world against common enemies of all civilization and to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners”.

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