Letter dated 20 June 2002 from the Permanent Representative of Oman

to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

I have the honour to transmit herewith the text of the press communiqué adopted during the eighty-third session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 8 June 2002, under the Chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Yousef Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman.

I should be grateful if you would have the text of the present letter and its annex circulated as an official document of the General Assembly under agenda items 41, 42, 54, 97 and 98, and of the Security Council.

(Signed) Fuad Mubarak Al-Hinai
Ambassador
Permanent Representative


Annex to the letter dated 20 June 2002 from the Permanent Representative of Oman

to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

[Original: Arabic]

Press communiqué issued by the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council

at its eighty-third session, held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 8 June 2002

  The Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held its eighty-third session in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Oman and the Chairman-in-Office of the Ministerial Council. The meeting was attended by:

  His Excellency Mr. Rashid bin Abdullah al-Nuaimi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates;

  His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bahrain;

  His Royal Highness Prince Saud al-Faisal, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia;

  His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabr Al Thani, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar; and

  His Excellency Sheikh Muhammad Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Kuwait.

  Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Atiyyah, GCC Secretary-General, also participated in the meeting.

  The Council conveyed its sincere congratulations and good wishes to His Royal Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, King of Bahrain, and to his loyal people, on the successful outcome of the parliamentary elections in the Kingdom.

  The Council welcomed the agreement that had been reached between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on diplomatic and consular cooperation between the two fraternal countries and affirmed that this auspicious step would strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation and would give an impetus to joint activities among the GCC States.

  The Council went on to review recent developments in cooperation among the GCC States and developments in regional, inter-Arab and international political events.

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 II.  Political issues 

  The Ministerial Council reviewed the deterioration of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories as a result of the ongoing brutal campaign by the Israeli forces which had entered a number of Palestinian towns and were continuing to kill civilians and to destroy houses. It condemned those acts of barbarism and emphasized that the continuation of violence was a disservice to the efforts to establish peace and prevented the Palestinian National Authority from carrying out its functions for the maintenance of security and stability.

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Document symbol: A/56/997|S/2002/706
Document Type: Communiqué, Letter
Document Sources: General Assembly, Gulf Cooperation Council, Security Council, YMCA
Subject: Agenda Item, Armed conflict, Incidents
Publication Date: 20/06/2002