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P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS
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Mon, 2010-05-24 02:03

In a final communiqué issued by GCC foreign ministers following their meeting in Jeddah, the group emphasized the need to keep the Middle East - including Israel - free of nuclear and mass destructive weapons.
"The ministers praised the efforts of Turkey and Brazil to help reach a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear program within the framework of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and related UN Security Council resolutions," the communiqué said.
Iran signed an agreement on May 17 to send uranium abroad for enrichment after mediation talks in Tehran with Turkish and Brazilian leaders. Under the deal Iran would ship 1,200 kg of low-enriched uranium to Turkey, in return for fuel for a research reactor.
The GCC meeting denounced all forms of terrorism and urged the international community to establish a global counterterrorism center to exchange information and expertise in the field.
The ministers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and the UAE supported Doha's bid for World Cup 2022 and said Qatar has all the capabilities to organize the event. They also praised Bahrain for showing readiness to host the first GCC Games.
The meeting backed the UAE over its island row with Iran and urged Tehran to respond positively to Abu Dhabi's overtures to settle the issue either through direct negotiations or the International Court of Justice.
The ministers agreed to hold a special meeting on June 22 in Manama to discuss Bahrain's vision on developing the GCC before presenting the proposal to GCC leaders when they meet in Abu Dhabi in December for their annual summit.
The ministers set up a permanent committee of GCC capital market regulators to integrate the market, unify policies and regulations and achieve the requirements of Gulf Common Market.
The GCC urged Israel to withdraw from all Arab territories, which it occupied in 1967 in order to establish a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. It denounced Israel's plan to deport 10,000 Palestinians and construct more settlements in Arab territory.

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