A Joint Statement was issued recently in Brussels, on the meeting of the 26th session of the Joint Ministerial Council between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU).
The statement included stressing the importance of strengthening relations between the Council and the European Union in a wide range of areas, including political dialogue, regional security, countering terrorism, trade and investment, energy, climate change, education, health, cyber security.
The statement included strengthening cooperation between the two sides in international forums.
The delegation of the “GCC” countries was headed by Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, while from the EU, came Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the Union.
Moreover, the Joint Ministerial Council included the participation of foreign ministers and representatives of the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries as well as Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, Secretary-General of the GCC.
The Ministers exchanged views on issues of common interest, including the peace process in the Middle East, Yemen, Iran, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
The ministers stressed the urgent need to improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen and agree to a reach ceasefire without preconditions.
The aforementioned ministers expressed their condemnation in the strongest terms of the terrorist attacks launched by the Houthi militia using missiles and drones against the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
The Ministers also reiterated their concern over the lack of progress in resolving the conflict between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Iran over the three islands, Abu Musa, Tunb al-Kubra.