GCC de­fense meet­ing con­cludes in Riyadh

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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.

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