The meeting was called upon by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stressed the importance of the good relations between the US and the GCC, Jordan and Iraq. “GCC unity is essential to ensure prosperity, security, and stability in the region. Productive discussions with GCC, Iraq and Jordan in New York on ways to bring peace and stability in Syria and Yemen, and ensure a secure and prosperous Iraq,” Pompeo tweeted.
Pompeo said that the US is keen on the stability of the region and that it 'will spare no effort in pushing forward to maintain security and freedom of navigation in the Gulf region'.
GCC countries, China hold talks
The GCC countries and China held a meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The meeting was chaired from the GCC side by H E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs and current Chairman of the GCC Ministerial Council and from the Chinese side by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Sabah Khalid al Hamad al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait, Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE, Dr Abdul Latif bin Rashid al Zayani, Secretary General of GCC, and representatives from the GCC member states.
The meeting discussed cooperation between the two sides within the framework of the strategic dialogue and ways to boost ties in political, economic and social fields. The two sides reviewed regional and international developments and issues of common interest.
H E Alawi praised the relations between China and the six GCC countries, stressing that both the sides have developed trust in fields related to investment in economic, education and technology areas.
He commended the implementation of the recommendations of the MoU on strategic dialogue between the two sides which led to better ties either at the bilateral level between China and the GCC countries or through joint cooperation between the GCC countries.
At the end of the meeting, H E Alawi stressed the importance of continued strategic cooperation between China and the countries of the region and its role in providing economic and political support to ensure security and stability, especially with regard to maritime security.
He said that Oman is keen to ensure security of the Strait of Hormuz and stresses that this strait is open to international trade in all circumstances. The sultanate is keen not to make this region vulnerable to conflicts, stressing the importance of adhering to the maritime law of international navigation, he said.