Al-Ula Declaration Reaffirms Nobel Objectives of GCC as Set forth in Statute to Realize Cooperation, Interconnectedness, Integration among Member States

Tuesday 1442/5/21 - 2021/01/05
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Al-Ula, Jan 5, 2021, SPA -- The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States confirmed the noble objectives of the GCC, as stipulated in its statute to realize cooperation, interconnectedness and integration among the member states, in all domains, up to reaching their unity, consolidating its regional and international
roles and working as one political and economic group to contribute to realizing security, peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
This was unfolded in Al-Ula Declaration which was issued at the conclusion of the 41st session of the GCC Summit tonight and read by the Secretary General of the GCC Dr. Nayef bin Falah Al-Hajref.
It's text is as follows: Al-Ula Declaration, issued during the 41st session of the Supreme Council of the GCC member states: "Sultan Qabus and Sheikh Sabah Summit" Al-Ula, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jummadh II, 21, 1442 H. corresponding to January 05, 2021.
The summit of the GCC member states' leaders, in its 41st session, Sultan Qabus and Sheikh Sabah summit, have reasserted the noble objectives of the GCC as stipulated in its statute to realize cooperation, interconnectedness and integration among the GCC member states, in all domains, up to reaching their unity, consolidate its regional as well as international roles and working as one political and economic group contributing to realizing security, peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
GCC citizens hold a great hopes that Al-Ula Declaration, concluded during the summit, would restore the joint action to its normal track and enhance ties of amity and brotherhood among the peoples of the region.
The Arab Republic of Egypt's signing of Al-Ula Declaration confirms cementing brotherly relations that binding the sisterly Egypt to the GCC member states, proceeding from provisions stipulated in the statute on coordination, cooperation and integration among the GCC member states shall best serve the noble objectives of the Arab Nation.
The challenge of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic proved to be possibly overcome through cooperation among the world nations such as the G20 unprecedented achievements reached during the presidency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in this respect. No doubt that combating the pandemic and tackling its fallouts enhance corroborating GCC joint action, especially, as following:
The full and precise carrying out of the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have been endorsed by the Supreme Council in its 36th session, in December 2015, in accordance with a fixed time-table and close following-up, including completing the prerequisites of the economic unity and the joint defense as well as security systems and a unified foreign policy crystallization.
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Al-Ula Declaration Reaffirms Nobel Objectives of GCC as Set forth in Statute to Realize Cooperation, Interconnectedness, Integration among Member States 2 Al-Ula
Activating the role of the "Gulf Center for Disease Prevention and Control" which was established at this summit, based on the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, in addition to enabling the Center to coordinate joint Gulf action to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and other epidemics.
Completing the requirements of the Customs Union and the Gulf Common Market, in addition to achieving full economic citizenship, including granting citizens of the GCC countries freedom to work, travel and invest, as well as equal access to education and health care, in addition to establishing the Gulf railway network, food and water security system, encouraging joint projects, indigenizing Gulf investment.
Benefiting from advanced tools developed for cooperation within the framework of the G20, during the presidency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in all fields, including stimulating the economy, engaging the business sector and civil society institutions, empowering women and youths in economic development, and encouraging initiatives related to the digital economy and mandating the Council's General Secretariat to follow up and develop plans and programs to implement this in cooperation with specialized expertise houses.
Developing technical capabilities in government agencies, including artificial intelligence, to ensure speedy and efficient implementation of services and procedures, in addition to developing educational curricula, health care and digital trade. Strengthening cooperation between the Council's institutions and the Digital Cooperation Organization, which was established in 2020.
Enhancing the tools of governance, transparency, accountability and integrity, and combating corruption through the joint Gulf action and in all bodies of the Gulf Cooperation Council and its offices and specialized organizations; and benefiting from what was agreed upon within the framework of the G20 and "Riyadh Initiative" regarding cooperation in investigating cross-border corruption cases and prosecuting their perpetrators, as corruption constitute a major impact on economic growth, sustainable development, and mutual trust between governments and peoples.
Promoting military integration among the GCC countries under the supervision of the Joint Defense Council, the Supreme Military Committee and the Unified Military Command of the Gulf Cooperation Council, to face the emerging challenges, based on the joint defense agreement and the principle of collective security for the GCC countries.
Continuing the steps taken by the GCC countries, and the G20 presided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to confront the pandemic and mitigate its effects locally, regionally and internationally, including assisting the least developed countries in health and economic fields.
Enhancing regional and international role of the Council by unifying political positions and developing strategic partnerships between the Gulf Cooperation Council and the states, groups and regional and international organizations in a way that serves common interests.
The Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah Summit confirmed the keenness of GCC leaders on consolidating the council's gains, achieving the aspirations of citizens of GCC countries, and overcoming all obstacles that hinder the joint work process.
Issued in Al-Ula, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
On Tuesday, 21 Jumada Al-Awwal 1442H., corresponding to 05 January 2021.
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