Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani at the GCC Summit in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday. Reuters
President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan headed the UAE delegation participating in the 44th Session of the Gulf Cooperation Council Supreme Council.
The summit was inaugurated on Tuesday in Doha by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.
The summit addressed ways to build upon the historical cooperation and joint work between GCC nations to achieve the aspirations of their people. The meeting also covered key regional and international developments and joint efforts in this regard.
Sheikh Mohamed underscored that in light of ongoing tensions in the region and the increasing intensity of the war in Gaza, the UAE has worked with its partners to reach an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and provide protection for civilians, avoid the expansion of the conflict that threatens regional stability and security, and identify a political horizon for a comprehensive peace.
Sheikh Mohamed added that the UAE, inspired by the values and principles of its Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, stresses the importance of strengthening cooperation to combat incitement, hatred, extremism, and terrorism in light of regional and global developments.
Sheikh Mohamed expressed appreciation for efforts by the State of Qatar, alongside the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United States of America, to reach a temporary truce, prompt the release of detainees, and increase the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Mohamed said, "While we regret that the truce has not continued, we urge further efforts to achieve a ceasefire. We also stress that the top priority remains providing humanitarian support and ensuring safe, sustained, and at-scale humanitarian corridors to respond to the increasing needs of civilians in the Gaza Strip."
Sheikh Mohamed noted that the history of the conflict has proven that repeated escalation and confrontation cannot be stopped without a political horizon and a just, lasting, and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue.
Sheikh Mohamed emphasised that the UAE stresses the need to end Israeli occupation of all Palestinian lands and establish an independent Palestinian state.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed expressed his appreciation to Sheikh Tamim for his kind invitation to attend the summit, as well as his generous reception and hospitality.
Sheikh Mohamed also commended the efforts and achievements of the Sultanate of Oman during its presidency of the 43rd Session of the Council.
Sheikh Mohamed remarked, "We laud achievements to date in the Gulf Cooperation Council in deepening cooperation and enhancing cohesion among our peoples. We look forward to additional integration endeavours in various fields to promote greater stability and prosperity for our region and the entire world.”
Sheikh Mohamed pointed out that the region and world face multiple challenges, including ensuring energy and food security, enhancing efforts to mitigate climate change, promoting global health, and addressing challenges related to various conflicts.
He added that confronting these challenges requires a balanced approach based on dialogue and diplomacy, as well as adherence to international law, principles, and treaties.
In this regard, Sheikh Mohamed stressed that the UAE believes in the importance of multilateral action, diplomacy, and dialogue to build confidence and lay the foundations for peace based on the United Nations Charter and international conventions.
Sheikh Mohamed stated that Gulf Cooperation Council nations represent successful models of regional and international engagement by building partnerships and playing a constructive and effective role in the regional and international spheres.
He called upon GCC nations to continue making positive contributions to international action in efforts to foster security and peace while achieving stability and prosperity.
In his opening remarks, Sheikh Tamim stressed that rapid regional and international developments require enhanced consultation and coordination to address their impact, expressing his confidence in the ability of Gulf Cooperation Council nations to contribute to resolving regional issues.
Sheikh Tamim said that the summit is being held in light of the ongoing tragedy and unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe facing the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip.
He noted that the principle of self-defence does not permit the crimes of genocide committed by Israel and that Israel has violated humanitarian and moral standards in the Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Tamim added that the tragedy has another dimension: the steadfastness of the Palestinian people in obtaining their rights.
He called on the UN Security Council to fulfil its responsibility to end the war, stressing that regional security cannot be achieved without permanent peace, and permanent peace is not possible without a solution to the Palestinian issue.
The summit was also attended by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, in the presence of Jasem Al-Budaiwi, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
The delegation accompanying Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed included His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi and National Security Adviser; Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ali Bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for National Security; Dr Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President; Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State; and Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE Ambassador to Qatar.
The summit was attended by leaders and representatives of the GCC countries and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, in addition to delegates from several international organisations.
‘Sharjah Airport is firmly positioning itself as an environmental leader in the region and beyond,’ said Stefano Baronci, Director General, ACI Asia-Pacific.
Recent initiatives in Gulf countries to facilitate patient access to new medicines and the advantages of integrating regulations related to drug trials and registration region wide were discussed at the GCC Regulatory Affairs Pharma Summit 2020,
Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, chaired the 111th meeting of the GCC Financial and Economic Cooperation Committee. The meeting took place virtually to discuss the recommendations and findings from the 57th meeting of the GCC Undersecretaries of Ministries of Finance Committee, and ways take the necessary steps.
"Pakistan's directed use of network shutdowns and restrictions to overtly target political parties and the reporting of election irregularities is unprecedented," Alp Toker of the NetBlocks web watchdog told AFP.
Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, made the announcement on his Telegram account and thanked "everyone” who had called on Russian authorities to return Navalny’s body to his mother.
Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, stated that the child was seriously injured and died after being transferred to hospital.
The agreement was signed by Eng Yousef Bin Khamis Al Othmani, Chairman of Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, and Badr Bin Mohammed Al Nadabi, CEO of Mwasalat, in the presence of officials from both sides at the Authority’s headquarters in Sharjah