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Abu Dhabi / Asharq Al-Awsat, (AGENCIES) – The GCC Summit in Abu Dhabi which wrapped up yesterday sent a unified message to Iran, calling on Tehran not to interfere in the internal affairs of the six GCC member states and stressing the importance of Iran committing to “the basic principles of promoting good neighbourly ties [and] mutual respect.” The Abu Dhabi Summit’s final statement also called on Tehran to “settle disputes through peaceful means and refrain form using or threatening to use force in this regard.”

The Arab Gulf States also urged Iran “to respond positively” to talks with international powers on the country’s contentions nuclear program. The Abu Dhabi Summit final statement said that GCC States “welcome international efforts, including those made by the P5+1, to peacefully resolve Iran’s nuclear crisis and hope it will respond positively to these efforts.”

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia signed cooperation accords on civil nuclear technology with the United States in 2008, while other Gulf States including as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have similar deals with atomic powers.

The GCC statement also “stressed the importance of working toward drying up sources of funding for terrorist groups” and urged the prevention of “media from publishing anything that would encourage these criminal acts.”

The GCC also threw its support behind the Palestinians’ refusal to negotiate with Israel without a settlement moratorium, stressing any construction freeze should include east Jerusalem as well as the West Bank.

On Iraq, it said restoration of security and stability required “the completion of total national reconciliation.”

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