GCC, EU Affirm Good Level of Bilateral Ties

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The tenth session of the joint ministerial council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU) ended in Brussels Monday evening under the co-chairmanship of Saudi foreign minister prince Saud al-Faisal and Portuguese foreign minister Jaime Gamma, who is also the current president of the EU, said Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Tuesday.  

The meeting was held in an atmosphere of “friendship and cordiality that demonstrate good level of relations between the two sides, said the agency quoting a joint communiqué.  

The agency said the council listened to a report on bilateral developments between the two sides, adding that the commerce, investment and cooperation were the major topic of discussion during the meeting.  

The two sides also reaffirmed their adherence to renounce weapons of mass destruction and affirmed the necessity to set up a zone free from nuclear and weapons of mass destruction, said SPA. 

SPA added the two sides renewed the call for realization of just and comprehensive peace on the basis of Security Council resolutions and the principles of Madrid and Oslo. 

They welcomed the resumption of the Syrian-Israeli negotiations as well as the Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon according to UN resolutions, SPA said. 

According to the joint statement quoted by the agency, the two sides stressed on the necessity of Iraq’s compliance with all Security Council resolutions, expressing their concern over the fate of Kuwaiti prisoners held captive in Iraqi jails.  

The GCC and EU agreed to hold the next meeting of the council during the year 2001, said SPA – Albawaba.com 

 

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