Riyadh set to host 40th GCC summit

GCC foreign ministers arrived on Monday in Riyadh to take part in the ministerial meeting of the council. (SPA)
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Updated 09 December 2019

Riyadh set to host 40th GCC summit

  • GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the meeting reflected its leadership’s keenness to overcome regional challenges

RIYADH: King Salman will chair the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh on Tuesday, with the city previously having hosted the summit on eight occasions.

GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the meeting reflected its leadership’s keenness to overcome regional challenges.

He hailed King Salman’s leadership and his dedicated efforts to bolster the GCC out of his belief in the strength of fraternal relations among the bloc’s member states.

In remarks to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), he congratulated Saudi Arabia for assuming the presidency of the G20, saying it reflected the Kingdom’s high economic standing in the world and its constructive role in backing developing countries and regional issues.

He hoped the GCC summit would achieve the aspirations of the Gulf peoples in achieving greater cooperation between their countries.

The agenda is full of issues that aim to boost joint Gulf work in various political, economic, defense, security and legal fields. The Gulf leaders are also expected to tackle key regional and international affairs.

GCC foreign ministers arrived on Monday in Riyadh to take part in the ministerial meeting of the council, before holding further preparatory sessions.

The meetings were headed by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, with the participation of Al-Zayani.

At the beginning of the meeting, the ministers held their joint periodic meeting with a chairman and members of the advisory body of the supreme council, headed by the president of its current session, Sheikh Ahmed bin Youssef Al-Harthi.

Al-Harthi reviewed the report of the body on the work of its 23rd session, and its visions toward the studies mandated by the council.

Gargash expressed sincere thanks to the Kingdom for hosting the preparatory ministerial council meetings for the supreme council of the GCC.
 


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 32 more deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 1,975 new cases of the disease on Thursday.
Of the new cases, 675 were recorded in Riyadh, 286 in Makkah, 259 in Jeddah, 124 in Madinah and 112 in Hufof.
The health ministry added that 806 more people have recovered from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 68,965.
A total of 611 people have died of the disease in the Kingdom so far.
Health minister Dr. Tawfiq Rabiah urged all citizens and residents earlier this week to wear a mask to help stop the spread of the virus.
“The transmission of COVID-19 will be significantly reduced If everyone commits to wearing a mask when leaving their homes. We urge you to comply with healthy precautionary measures, and ask that you remind those who do not adhere,” he said.