GCC leaders highlights integration, unity in 30th summit declaration

11:22, December 16, 2009      

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Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday highlighted integration and unity between member states in a declaration after their 30th summit in Kuwait City.

The leaders agreed to upgrade cooperation in education and called for intensified efforts to achieve water and food security, according to the declaration read out by GCC Secretary General Abdul Rahman Al-Attiya.

The short declaration emphasized the role of GCC in tackling regional and international challenges. However, the declaration did not mention the Gulf monetary union pact.

The leaders affirmed overwhelming support for Saudi Arabia "against any attempt to undermine its security and sovereignty."

Full backing to the unity, security and stability of neighboring Yemen was also extended.

Founded in 1981, the GCC is a political and economic alliance that groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Xinhua
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