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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS - GCC SUMMIT ABU DHABI 2010

National Media Council organises tour for foreign media representatives covering GCC summit

Posted on 13/12/2010

The National Media Council (NMC) recently organised a tour for the media representatives who covered the activities of the 31st GCC summit held here in Abu Dhabi. The delegation, which included 40 journalists representing newspapers, news agencies and magazines from Europe, Asia and Australia in addition to a number of Arab countries visited F1 Yas Marina circuit and took a tour to Ferrari world. They were introduced to the prominent touristic attractions in Yas Island, especially the ...  >>MORE

31st GCC Summit concluded

Posted on 08/12/2010

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced the conclusion of the current 31st Summit of the Cooperation Council of Arab Gulf States (GCC), hosted by the UAE on 6-7 December. In a speech at the closing session, Sheikh Khalifa expressed his best wishes of speedy recovery for HRH King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia after the successful back surgery. Saudi's HRH Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Prime Minister '&' Minister of ...  >>MORE

Closing statement of the 31st GCC Summit in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/12/2010

The GCC leaders reiterated yesterday at the end of their 31st Summit in Abu Dhabi their unwavering stand towards the UAE's sovereignty over its three islands Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa - occupied by Iran. In their closing statement, the GCC leaders threw their weight behind the UAE's right to regain sovereignty over its three islands and over the territorial waters, the airspace, the continental shelf, and the economic zone of the three islands, as they are an integral part of the ...  >>MORE

Abdullah calls on Iran to respond to GCC and Arab leaders' calls on UAE isles

Posted on 08/12/2010

UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated yesterday the UAE's position towards settlement of the issue of its three islands, occupied by Iran through peaceful and diplomatic channels. He expressed his hope that Iran would respond to peaceful efforts and calls for resolving the issue. 'What we hope from Iran is to respond to calls issued by GCC and Arab leaders out of their keenness to remove any thing that strains, harms or impedes enhancement of relations between ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Water Declaration calls for adoption of modern farming technologies

Posted on 08/12/2010

The GCC needs to serious, prompt steps towards a comprehensive, long-term strategy on water, the Abu Dhabi Declaration recommended. Issued by the 31st GCC Summit which wound up in Abu Dhabi yesterday, the Declaration stressed the importance of linking between the guarantee of water security and diversification of energy and food security sources as vital prerequisite and key strategic priority for the future of the GCC states. The UAE confirms the importance of water sector to the GCC and ...  >>MORE

Khalifa opens 31st GCC Summit

Posted on 07/12/2010

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated this evening, the 31st Summit of Gulf Cooperation (GCC) countries at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. HM King Hamad Bin Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Emir of Qatar HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Saudi Arabia HRH Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs of the ...  >>MORE

GCC leaders conclude first closed door session, discussing draft final communiqué

Posted on 07/12/2010

The GCC leaders concluded yesterday evening the first closed session of the 31st Summit being held under the chairmanship of UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The leaders discussed recommendations submitted to them by foreign ministers which dealt with political, economic, security, military and other issues. The draft closing statement of the two-day summit was also discussed. The leaders will resume works of the summit tomorrow at the Emirates Palace. – Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Al Attiyah thanks GCC leaders

Posted on 07/12/2010

Gulf Cooperation Council's Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah has offered thanks to the GCC leaders for their continuous support during his tenure. Addressing the opening session of the 31st GCC summit in Abu Dhabi last night, Al Attiyah said he was pleased that Abu Dhabi is hosting the summit under the chairmanship of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan "who spared no effort in lending his wisdom to the Council. "The GCC could have not been ...  >>MORE

King of Bahrain stresses the determination for closer cohesion of GCC

Posted on 07/12/2010

HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain stressed that the 31st GCC Summit and what it will adopt as decisions emphasise that we are more determined to move ahead in closer cohesion among us for a safe, secure and cooperative life built on the foundations of our Gulf unity. In remarks made upon arrival in Abu Dhabi at the head of a delegation to participate in the 31st Summit of the GCC leaders, the King said that the renewed meetings are a the sincere expressions of our resolve and the ...  >>MORE

Prince Nayef commends Khalifa's efforts on GCC Summit

Posted on 07/12/2010

HRH Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz, Second Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Saudi Arabia stressed that the efforts being made by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan would lead to the success of the 31st GCC Summit which is being held amidst subtle circumstances that require intensified efforts to achieve the aspired for integration. In a statement upon arrival in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Prince Nayef, who represents HRH King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to ...  >>MORE

Oman affirms full support to GCC's efforts

Posted on 07/12/2010

Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs and head of the Omani delegation to the 31st GCC summit Fahad bin Mahmoud Al-Sayed has affirmed Oman's full support to the efforts by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to further coordination and promote cooperation among member states. "The outlook for the Council's joint action, in light of the current regional and international developments, mandates consolidation of all good efforts to improve performance, carry out agreed programs and ...  >>MORE

Emir of Qatar hopes for positive GCC summit outcome

Posted on 07/12/2010

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani has expressed hopes that the 31st Summit meeting of the Cooperation Council for Gulf Arab states (GCC) would further promote the Council's efforts to realise the aspirations of the peoples of the member states for more progress and prosperity and a higher stature. In a statement upon arrival in Abu Dhabi to take part in the summit which started yesterday, Sheikh Hamad has greeted President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ...  >>MORE

Sabah calls on Iran to resort to peaceful dialogue for settling UAE isles issue

Posted on 07/12/2010

The Emir of Kuwait, HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, yesterday called on Iran to either resort to peaceful dialogue and take serious steps to end its occupation of the three UAE islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa -- or refer the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Addressing the opening sitting of the 31st summit of the GCC in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Sabah said 'We are following with concern and appreciation the tremendous efforts Saudi Arabia is making to ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Mubarak: GCC succeeded in unifying media policies

Posted on 07/12/2010

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works '&' Chairman of the National Media Council stressed that the 31st GCC Summit, which started yesterday in Abu Dhabi, is a significant step toward political, economic, security and cultural integration among the member states of the Cooperation Council of the Arab Gulf States (GCC). "GCC succeeded in coordinating the media policies of member states and in achieving a unified form which takes into consideration the Council's basic ...  >>MORE

No plans to de-peg Dirham from Dollar: Al Suwaidi

Posted on 07/12/2010

The UAE has no intention to de-peg the UAE Dirham from the US Dollar and to join the GCC monetary Union, Governor of the UAE Central Bank said yesterday. 'The UAE stance remains unchanged, Sultan Nasser Al Suwaidi confirmed during a press conference he held on the fringe of the 31st GCC Summit. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

GCC's impressive clout

Posted on 07/12/2010

The 31st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit is currently underway in Abu Dhabi under the chairmanship of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "This Summit is particularly significant in terms of the implications of the GCC states' drive towards joint action in the areas of security, stability and the economic integration of the regional states. The fact that this is being held under the auspices of Sheikh Khalifa gives it an extra boost, for the UAE's ...  >>MORE

Khalifa's management of GCC Summit provides a factor of success: Al Attiya

Posted on 06/12/2010

Chairmanship of UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the 31st GCC Summit on 6-7 December in Abu Dhabi provides a factor of success to the major gathering, GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiya affirmed yesterday. 'Sheikh Khalifa's management of the summit will add many achievements that contribute to realising aspirations of the GCC citizen for security, stability and economic integration among member states,' Al Attiya said on the eve of the summit. ...  >>MORE

GCC FMs meet to hammer out agenda of summit

Posted on 06/12/2010

GCC foreign ministers held in Abu Dhabi yesterday their 117th meeting to hammer out agenda of the 31st GCC summit which starts in Abu Dhabi today. The meeting, which was chaired by the UAE Foreign Minister, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the attendance of GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiya, completed discussion on remaining economic topics on the agenda of the summit. 'We are meeting here to complete agenda of the 117th session of the ministerial council ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Mubarak opens GCC media exhibition

Posted on 06/12/2010

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the National Media Council inaugurated yesterday the cultural and media exhibition associated with the 31st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit which will open in Abu Dhabi tomorrow. The inauguration ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel was attended by GCC Secretary General Abu Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Director of the Department of Information at the GCC Secretariat Dr. Ahmed Zbeban and media ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Summit will serve as turning point in GCC drive: Al Attiya

Posted on 05/12/2010

The GCC leaders will gather here on 6-7 December 2010 for their 31st summit under the presidency of UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Abu Dhabi is hosting the leaders as the group completed three decades of qualitative achievements towards the path of full-fledged coordination, cooperation and integration. Speaking about this momentous event, GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiya, described the Abu Dhabi Summit as a turning point in the GCC joint action ...  >>MORE

GCC Summit drafting panel meets in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/12/2010

The drafting committee for the 31st GCC summit met yesterday to review an array of political, economic, security, military and social issues included in the agenda of the GCC ministerial council which is scheduled to meet tomorrow. Tariq Al Haidan, Assistant UAE Foreign Minister for Political Affairs and chairman of the meeting, said the GCC officials discussed issues dealing with the economic agenda including the GCC common market, GCC power and rail grids and environment. – Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Khalifa calls for broader joint coordination among GCC parliaments

Posted on 23/11/2010

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasised yesterday the importance of activating the role of GCC parliaments, calling for broader joint coordination to push the GCC drive forward. The President said parliaments have a vital role to play in realising development and welfare for peoples of the GCC member states. Sheikh Khalifa made his remarks while receiving yesterday at Al Mushrif Palace speakers of GCC Shura and Deputies Councils and National Assemblies, who are ...  >>MORE

Attiyah lauds UAE for its adherence to GCC resolutions

Posted on 23/11/2010

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdul Rahman Al-Attiyah hailed the positive role of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in supporting the march of GCC. In a statement made shortly after the conclusion of the 4th meeting of the GCC parliaments in Abu Dhabi, Attiyah said that UAE gave strong support to GCC and implemented all its resolutions, thanks to the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa. In the run-up to the 31st GCC summit to be held in Abu ...  >>MORE

Ghurair lauds outcome of GCC parliaments' meeting in Abu Dhabi as historic

Posted on 23/11/2010

Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair lauded yesterday the outcome of the 4th regular meeting of the speakers of GCC Shura and Deputies Councils and National Assemblies as 'historic'. He said the most important results of the meeting, which was hosted by UAE, were the approval of the statute of the coordinating committees and agreement on the activation of the GCC joint parliamentary diplomacy. 'A GCC parliamentary action plan has been chalked out to ...  >>MORE

Security to top GCC summit agenda

Posted on 22/11/2010

Security challenges will dominate the agenda of the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit on December 6-7, security analysts told Gulf News on Sunday. Major challenges to security and stability in the region include the foreign military presence in the region, instability stemming from Yemen, Iraq, Iran and the impact of the US "war on terror," as well as terrorism, analysts have said. These threats are exacerbated by regional factors such as the increasing openness to the global ...  >>MORE

GCC countries seek one economic bloc: Sheikh Abdullah

Posted on 11/11/2010

All member countries of the Cooperation Council of Arab States of the Gulf seek to develop our joint economic system to create one economic bloc and look forward to make economic achievements by next year, according to UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. "We want our Council to unify our approach to a number of issues which threaten our world, have effects that transcend the borders of any single nation and therefore require joint efforts, exchange of ...  >>MORE

Kuwaiti FM arrives Abu Dhabi for GCC meet

Posted on 10/11/2010

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday to participate tomorrow in the 117th preparatory ministerial meeting for the 31st GCC summit scheduled to be held in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on 6-7 December. The Kuwaiti minister was welcomed upon arrival at the airport by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour and Kuwaiti Ambassador to UAE Salah Mohammed Al Baijan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

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National Media Council organises tour for foreign media representatives covering GCC summit


31st GCC Summit concluded


Closing statement of the 31st GCC Summit in Abu Dhabi


Abdullah calls on Iran to respond to GCC and Arab leaders' calls on UAE isles


Abu Dhabi Water Declaration calls for adoption of modern farming technologies


Khalifa opens 31st GCC Summit


GCC leaders conclude first closed door session, discussing draft final communiqué


Al Attiyah thanks GCC leaders


King of Bahrain stresses the determination for closer cohesion of GCC


Prince Nayef commends Khalifa's efforts on GCC Summit


Oman affirms full support to GCC's efforts


Emir of Qatar hopes for positive GCC summit outcome


Sabah calls on Iran to resort to peaceful dialogue for settling UAE isles issue


Hamdan bin Mubarak: GCC succeeded in unifying media policies


No plans to de-peg Dirham from Dollar: Al Suwaidi


GCC's impressive clout


Khalifa's management of GCC Summit provides a factor of success: Al Attiya


GCC FMs meet to hammer out agenda of summit


Hamdan bin Mubarak opens GCC media exhibition


Abu Dhabi Summit will serve as turning point in GCC drive: Al Attiya


GCC Summit drafting panel meets in Abu Dhabi


Khalifa calls for broader joint coordination among GCC parliaments


Attiyah lauds UAE for its adherence to GCC resolutions


Ghurair lauds outcome of GCC parliaments' meeting in Abu Dhabi as historic


Security to top GCC summit agenda


GCC countries seek one economic bloc: Sheikh Abdullah


Kuwaiti FM arrives Abu Dhabi for GCC meet