In an effort to advance regional discussions on security, stability and economic progress in the Gulf and Southeast Asia regions, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah lead a series of meetings this week between diplomatic counterparts at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. Meetings included the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) annual gathering and a cross-regional dialogue with representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Sheikh Mohammad chaired the annual GCC meeting on Sunday, September 18. The GCC meeting incorporated elements of the UN agenda into the discussion. Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister said that the group reiterated support for broad peace in the region contingent on Israel's withdrawal from Arab-occupied areas.
Sheikh Mohammad urged Iran to make a more concerted effort to achieve regional security. He stressed that Iran should begin to address concerns about its nuclear program, which is controversial for many in the international community. The group also agreed to support Qatar's UN General Assembly presidency bid.
The GCC Foreign Ministers met with counterparts from ASEAN on September 21 to discuss plans to improve economic cooperation between the two groups. Kim Hourn, the Second of State of the Foreign Ministry in the Kingdom of Cambodia, chaired the ASEAN representatives and noted that he looked forward to cooperation between the two regions and hopes to expedite a plan of action.
The Kuwaiti delegation to the UNGA is lead by a representative of His Highness the Amir, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.