Bahrain, hosting a meeting of foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Saturday, condemned Israel's "savage attacks" on the Palestinians and also urged Iraq to comply with UN resolutions.
"This meeting comes at a time when the Arab world is witnessing great developments, headed by the savage attacks and arbitrary measures Israel uses in its attempts to suppress the Palestinian Intifada," Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak al-Khalifa said.
"The clashes in the Palestinian territories confirm that peace will not be realized unless Israel withdraws totally from occupied Arab territories in Palestine, Syrian Golan and the rest of Lebanese territory and recognizes the right of Palestinians to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital."
Sheikh Mohammad also called on Iraq to "apply UN resolutions and to free the prisoners-of-war, Kuwaiti and other nationalities," it has held since the 1991 Gulf War. Baghdad denies holding any POWs.
"Iraq's compliance with the United Nations on weapons of mass destruction would help efforts aimed at lifting the embargo and ending the suffering of the Iraqi people," he added.
Sheikh Mohammad concluded his opening remarks by urging Iran to work with a tripartite GCC committee charged with striking up a dialogue between Tehran and Abu Dhabi over three disputed Gulf islands.
The GCC foreign ministers' meeting is to prepare the end-of-year summit of the region's six Arab states -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Qatar, which is currently in a border dispute with Bahrain, is only represented at the meeting by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud -- RIYADH (AFP)
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