RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani signed the Unified Military Command Headquarters agreement on Sunday.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the commander of the GCC Unified Military Command, Gen. Eid bin Awad Al-Shalawi, and the secretary-general for Military Affairs, Gen. Ahmed Ali Hamid Al-Ali.
It was signed on the basis of the resolution taken at the GCC’s 34th summit in Kuwait in 2013, stipulating the establishment of a unified military command in line with the decisions of GCC officials at the 12th summit, held in Bahrain in 2013, aiming to promote cooperation and coordination in security and defense-related matters, preserve stability in GCC countries and achieve self-defense based on the principle of collective security.
The Saudi foreign minister said the agreement reflected the Kingdom’s support for joint Gulf work to facilitate the tasks of the unified military command, adding King Salman had made sure to complete the command’s requirements.
Al-Zayani expressed his secretariat’s appreciation for the support of King Salman’s government, and also praised the support and care provided by GCC countries and the GCC Joint Defense Council, noting their important role in promoting defense cooperation and integration among member states.