GCC, EU to Promote Human Rights

Published May 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries Jamil Hujailan asserted Monday that the issue of human rights will be a firm provision on the agenda of any meeting with the European Union (EU) countries as a bilateral issue, reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).  

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh, Hujailan said that the GCC countries do not object to discuss this issue with controversy nor have embarrassment in this respect, but believe that the discussion must be under the umbrella of the United Nations as the issue concerns the entire world and not only Europe, the agency added.  

He was quoted as saying that the GCC countries have clarified their stances and informed the European side during the joint meeting of foreign ministers, which was held on may 22nd in Brussels, adding that Europe had understood the message.  

He said the GCC side was not “embarrassed from discussing this matter with the European Union in a clear and frank manner,” adding that “Saudi foreign minister prince Saud al-Faisal, head of the GCC side, had earlier expressed the GCC stance towards the human rights issue which he said was based on Allah’s legislation.”  

Hujailan described the recent campaign against the GCC countries and particularly Saudi Arabia by a number of organizations, which carry the slogan of protecting human rights as illiterate.  

“The GCC countries have expressed solidarity with Saudi during the final statement of the foreign ministers meeting that was held in Jeddah last April and praised the kingdom's systems that respect the human rights according to the Islamic sharia,” he added – Albawaba.com 

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