Saudi Arabia Hosts The 40th GCC Summit in Riyadh

Published December 11th, 2019 - 07:10 GMT

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has chaired the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Tuesday, December 10th, as Saudi Arabia has already hosted the summit on eight occasions.

The country's hosting of the meeting reflected its leadership’s keenness to overcome regional challenges, GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani added.

Moreover, the six-member bloc reaffirms the need to enhance and empower military and security cooperation to maintain regional cooperation.

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This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows delegates walking during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows delegates walking during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), Qatar's Prime Minister, looks on as other delegates of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit chat with each other, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), Qatar's Prime Minister, looks on as other delegates of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit chat with each other, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R), flanked by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), puts on his spectacles as he prepares to read a document while chairing a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R), flanked by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), puts on his spectacles as he prepares to read a document while chairing a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (C), Emir of Kuwait, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (C), Emir of Kuwait, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, speaks with another delegate during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, speaks with another delegate during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) chats with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L), during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) chats with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L), during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows a general view of a session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows a general view of a session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows delegates walking during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), Qatar's Prime Minister, looks on as other delegates of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit chat with each other, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R), flanked by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), puts on his spectacles as he prepares to read a document while chairing a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (C), Emir of Kuwait, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, speaks with another delegate during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) chats with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L), during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows a general view of a session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows delegates walking during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows delegates walking during the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), Qatar's Prime Minister, looks on as other delegates of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit chat with each other, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani (R), Qatar's Prime Minister, looks on as other delegates of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit chat with each other, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R), flanked by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), puts on his spectacles as he prepares to read a document while chairing a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R), flanked by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), puts on his spectacles as he prepares to read a document while chairing a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (C), Emir of Kuwait, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (C), Emir of Kuwait, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, speaks with another delegate during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, speaks with another delegate during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) chats with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L), during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) chats with King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain (L), during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, attends a session of the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows a general view of a session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
This picture taken on December 10, 2019 shows a general view of a session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP