Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, will host the summit on December 14

42nd Gulf Summit to be held in Riyadh

photo_camera REUTERS/AHMED YOSRI - Flags of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries fly in the streets ahead of the 40th GCC summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 9, 2019

Diplomatic sources revealed to the German News Agency that the summit will address issues of vital importance, such as "the results of the negotiations of the joint committee of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the international powers in the Austrian capital Vienna and the continuation of Iranian interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries".

Another topic to be discussed will be "Iran's fueling of sectarian conflicts and its support, financing and arming of sectarian militias and terrorist organizations, including the supply of ballistic missiles and drones to target civilians and threaten international shipping lines and the global economy."

The summit will also address "the situation in the Yemeni, Iraqi, Syrian and Libyan arenas and developments in the Palestinian cause," in addition to "strategic relations between the GCC states and international countries and blocs, in a manner that achieves the interests of the GCC states," the same sources added. 

Los ministros de Relaciones Exteriores del Consejo de Cooperación del Golfo (CCG) llegan, antes de la cumbre anual de líderes en Riad, Arabia Saudí, el 9 de diciembre de 2019

The sources also reported that "the summit will renew support for the right of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to sovereignty over its three islands, Tunb al-Kubra, Tunb al-Sughra and Abu Musa, which are occupied by Iran, and over the territorial waters, airspace, continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of the three islands, as they are an integral part of the Emirati territory."

The threat posed by Iran's nuclear program is not forgotten, which is why it has become a major concern for many countries. 

"The Riyadh summit will reiterate the need for any negotiation process with Iran to address its destabilizing behavior in the region, including ballistic and cruise missiles, drones and the Iranian nuclear program," the same diplomatic sources communicated.

Also, "the summit will discuss the steps that have been taken in terms of enhancing security and military cooperation among the six GCC states, through the unified military leadership of the GCC states, to achieve joint military integration and collective security for the GCC states."

El príncipe heredero de Arabia Saudí, Mohamed bin Salman

It is worth noting that during the summit, issues such as the implementation of new proposals to cope with the complications of implementing the Gulf customs union and common market, the construction of a Gulf rail network, economic citizenship, and the food and water security system will also be discussed. 

Added to this, the possibility of promoting joint projects and ascertaining Gulf investment will be discussed, with the aim of achieving economic unity among those member countries of the Cooperation Council, by 2025. 

The diplomatic sources said that "the Secretary General of the Council, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, will present to the leaders of the six countries the points that have been implemented in terms of the vision and efforts of King Salman bin Abdulaziz to move from the stage of cooperation to the stage of union, a proposal requested by the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz".

El emir de Qatar, el Jeque Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

Last January 5, the previous Gulf summit was held in the city of Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia.

In that same summit, some outstanding results were obtained, such as the end of the boycott imposed by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to Qatar since 2017. 

Said boycott, was characterized by the closure of these countries' land, sea and airspace borders to Qatar, among other things. 

The summit gave way to the return of diplomatic relations by the four countries with Doha, capital of Qatar. 

Finally, the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and Qatar.

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