Saudi FM, Al-Zayani stress importance of GCC unity

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The Gulf leaders emphasized the importance of maintaining unity between members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council during the 40th Summit, Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani said during a joint press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud on Tuesday.

During the Summit, the Gulf countries welcomed the opening of the International Center for the Protection of Maritime Navigation in the Kingdom of Bahrain, al Zayani said.

He added that the next GCC Summit - the 41st - will be held in Bahrain.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal said that threats from the Iranian regime affect all the countries in the region, adding that Iran must change its behavior before it calls for peace.

Replying to a question, Prince Faisal said “It is difficult for Iran to be part of a security council in the region.”

He said that the Gulf leaders stressed the importance of the cohesion of the GCC countries.

Prince Faisal said that the quartet is continuing its support for Kuwait’s mediating efforts with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, known as the quartet, cut all diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June 2017 over Doha’s support for extremist groups.

Qatar denies the charges.

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