GCC defense meeting concludes in Riyadh
RIYADH: The GCC joint defense council discussed Tuesday the latest developments in the region, including the challenges facing Gulf countries. The council also stressed, in a conclusion of the 15th GCC defense ministerial meeting in Riyadh, the importance of boosting the joint action, and accelerating the completion of various defense integration requirements in order to live up to future challenges and threats.
The council’s members also expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the sponsorship of the GCC joint action by member-countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s presidency of the council’s current term, which had a great impact on enhancing the march of Gulf joint action.
Major-General Khalifa Al-Kaabi, assistant secretary-general of military affairs, mentioned that the council has reviewed the steps taken to implement the unified military commandership and its affiliated unites, in addition to completion of its required facilities and equipment.
The council has also reviewed the military committee’s proposal on raising public awareness toward the Gulf national identity through promoting the military marches and accomplishments of member-countries, Kaabi said, praising GCC’s various media efforts in that regard through holding symposiums and lectures, and organizing Gulf week events and field trips to Gulf joint action related-facilities.
The members also discussed the strategic dialogue and cooperation between GCC countries and the United States in line with the outcomes of the Camp David meeting, which include promoting and enhancing the military and defense strategic partnership with Washington to ensure stability in the Gulf region.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah headed the Kuwaiti delegation in the 15th GCC defense ministerial meeting accompanied by Deputy Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Abdullah Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah, and senior officials in the Army.