GCC top leg­is­la­tors con­clude 9th meet­ing

Fight­ing ter­ror­ism re­quires ‘bat­tle of ideas’: Ghanem

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

RIYADH: The Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) Speak­ers of Shura, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Na­tional As­sem­blies con­cluded their 9th reg­u­lar meet­ing yes­ter­day. The fi­nal com­mu­nique em­braced many de­ci­sions, most im­por­tantly: com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism, which will be the fo­cal point of dis­cus­sion in fu­ture meet­ings.

Par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing unan­i­mously ex­pressed a strong con­dem­na­tion of ter­ror­ism ev­ery­where, stress­ing the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the sovereignty of the GCC na­tions. The com­mu­nique also tasked GCC par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees to study a num­ber of laws and leg­is­la­tions re­gard­ing com­mer­cial agen­cies in or­der to pro­mote in­dus­trial projects.

It also ap­proved a work plan to en­hance ties with the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, as well as par­lia­ments of Latin America in the year 2016. The meet­ing saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Speaker of Kuwait Na­tional As­sem­bly Mar­zouq Ali Al-Ghanem, MPs Ah­mad Suleiman Al-Gu­daibi, Ah­mad Al-Enezi and Na­tional As­sem­bly’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Al­lam Ali Al-Kan­deri.

Pos­i­tive re­sults

Mean­while, Ghanem de­scribed the meet­ing as “re­plete with pos­i­tive re­sults.” Nu­mer­ous is­sues were dis­cussed in the fi­nal meet­ing where it was agreed that GCC heads of leg­isla­tive bod­ies would deal with these is­sues in con­cert with GCC lead­er­ships, Ghanem told re­porters af­ter the meet­ing. “We wish that ideas ar­rived at in the meet­ing would find ground­ing in re­al­ity en­abling the av­er­age GCC cit­i­zen to even­tu­ally ben­e­fit from them,” he said.

He praised the sol­i­dar­ity tan­gi­bly felt among GCC chief law­mak­ers. Asked about de­ci­sions the chief law­mak­ers made re­gard­ing the fight against ter­ror­ism, he said “there is no firm an­swer to the ques­tion of ter­ror­ism ex­cept that it must be con­fronted. As to how, this re­quires dis­cus­sion and study.” “Fight­ing ter­ror­ism can­not be solely done through mil­i­tary ac­tion but re­quires a bat­tle of ideas where re­sults might pay off over the long run,” he said.

Par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy

Ear­lier dur­ing the meet­ing, Chair­man of Saudi Shura Coun­cil Dr Ab­dul­lah bin Mo­ham­mad bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of “par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy” for re­solv­ing re­gional is­sues, namely by back­ing po­lit­i­cal ef­forts at other lev­els for boost­ing se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the Gulf.

The re­gion is wit­ness­ing var­i­ous de­vel­op­ments that re­quire an ac­tive role at the level of par­lia­men­tary diplo­macy, he said, al­lud­ing in par­tic­u­lar to vi­o­la­tions against the Holy Aqsa Mosque, fight against le­git­i­macy in Ye­men, con­flicts in Syria and Iraq, be­sides ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions in many parts of the world.

He ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ef­forts of GCC coun­tries’ lead­ers and their keen­ness on de­vel­op­ing their coun­tries, be­sides de­fend­ing causes of the na­tion. He also hailed role of GCC in en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion in all fields, as well as strength­en­ing ties among the GCC peo­ples.

RIYADH: Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Mar­zouq Al-Ghanem at­tends the 9th GCC Speak­ers of Shura, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Na­tional As­sem­blies meet­ing.

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