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GCC Summit concluded, leaders reviewed Yemen and regional security

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, 18 Rajab 1436, 07 May 2015) Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the leaders and heads of delegations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States concluded their 15th Consultative Meeting at Dir’iyah Palace in Riyadh on Wednessday.

According to Saudi Press Agency, the meeting was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior; Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense; Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet; Adel bin Zaid Al-Toraifi, Minister of Culture and Information; Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the accompanying delegations of the GCC leaders and heads of delegations. Then, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques bade farewell to the GCC leaders and heads of delegations.

The GCC leaders welcomed the Custodian of the Two holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, remembering with pride efforts and initiatives launched by late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, appealing to Allah Almighty to bestow His Mercy on his soul.

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The GCC Summit leaders reviewed the latest developments in Yemen, lauding the objectives and outcomes of the Operation Decisive Storm and that start of Operation Restore of Hope in response to the request of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in order to strengthen the legitimacy and resume the political process in accordance with the GCC initiative and its executive mechanism, output of the National Comprehensive Dialogue and the Security Council's relevant resolutions. 

They praised the Security Council resolution No. 2216 which was issued under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, and called for its implementation completely and accurately in order to contribute to the return of security and stability in Yemen and the region. They also welcomed the decision of the United Nations Secretary General to appoint Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed as new special envoy of United Nations to the Republic of Yemen. 

The GCC leadership welcomed the decision of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to hold a conference under the umbrella of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh on 17, May, 2015, with the participation of all Yemeni parties and components supporting the legitimacy and Yemen's security and stability. They also welcomed the decision appointing Eng. Khalid Bahah as Yemeni Vice President and Major General Mohammad Ali Al-Maqdeshi as Chief of Staff.

French President Francois Hollande became the first foreign leader to attend a GCC Summit since its inception in 1981. It was also the first summit for King Salman who took the throne on 23 January. New Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman also were in attendance.

Hollande has openly sided with the GCC states on major issues in the region, including the military intervention in Yemen and a possible military intervention in Syria. Hollane is also cautious about a final nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and wants to balance any future agreement with strong guarantees to the GCC states.

French President thanked the King of Saudi Arabia and the Their Majesties and Highnesses, the GCC leaders and delegations for inviting him to attend the summit as a guest of honour of the 15th GCC Consultative Summit. 

Hollande said, "Thank you for giving me this honour to address the consultative summit. I would like to take this opportunity to pay a tribute to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud."

Saudi King Salman called on fellow GCC leaders to stand up, saying there was a need to confront an external threat that "aims to expand control and impose its hegemony," threatening regional stability and creating "sectarian sedition."