Saudi Arabia witnessed on Monday the establishment of a new alliance of 8 countries headed by the Kingdom, called “Council of Countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden”.
The Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal Bin Farhan, stated during the meeting of foreign ministers of Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden that his country was chosen to be the seat of the Council.
“”An agreement was signed today in Riyadh to establish a council for countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden,” the Saudi foreign minister told a news conference..
He pointed out that the countries of the region are going through a sensitive stage, stressing the need to raise the level of coordination and cooperation.
He emphasized that the leaders of the countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden agreed to establish this new council due to the danger facing them and realizing the importance of joint cooperation.
The Saudi minister affirmed that the countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden have defense capabilities.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan also announced that the Saudi monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, will call for a summit of leaders of countries bordering the Red Sea.
For its part, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram said that Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed today the charter establishing the Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.