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Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani

Riyadh-The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani confirmed that the US-Gulf summit, which will be convened in Riyadh next Thursday, will review Iranian interventions in the internal affairs of the GCC States and the region, its continuous support for the terrorist organizations, and it will discuss political and security situations in Syria, Yemen Libya and Iraq.

Al-Zayani stressed that the summit aims to strengthen the close ties between the GCC and the USA.

He also told Asharq Al-Awsat that the meeting between leaders of the GCC States and the US President Barack Obama in Riyadh following an invitation from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz aims at carrying on with the talks they have started in Washington and Camp David in May 2015 where the two sides confirmed on boosting their strategic relations and working together in order to maintain stability and security in the region and combat all forms of terrorism and extremism.

The Secretary General of the GCC pointed out that the GCC Foreign Ministers discussed with the US Secretary of State John Kerry in Bahrain on the 7th of April the issues that will be tackled in the US-GCC summit’s agenda. During their meeting, he added, the two parties stressed on the importance of enhancing US-Gulf strategic relations in the framework of maintaining security and stability in the region, in addition to supporting and developing joint cooperation relations in various fields.

Notably, the GCC ministers of defense are scheduled to meet with the US Secretary of Defense on April 20 to discuss military topics that will be tackled in the summit.

Al-Zayani noted that the convention of the second US-Gulf Summit in Riyadh reflects the keenness of the two parties to move forward toward expanding partnership in different fields, including political, defensive, security and economic ones.