Thursday 8 September 2022 – 09:31
The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council stressed the need for Iran to adhere to the principles based on the Charter of the United Nations and international law in relation to relations between states, including the principles of good neighborliness, respect for state sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs, the resolution of conflicts by peaceful means and the non-use of force or threat, and the rejection of terrorism and sectarianism.
This came in a statement capping its 153rd ministerial council meeting in Riyadh yesterday, Wednesday, which also emphasized the need for negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file, and any future negotiations with Iran, to address its destabilizing behavior in the region, its sponsorship of terrorism and sectarian militias, its missile program and the security of international shipping and facilities. He also highlighted the need for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to participate in these negotiations and in all regional and international discussions and meetings related to this issue.
The Ministerial Council condemned Iran’s continued interference in Yemen’s internal affairs and the smuggling of military experts and weapons to the Houthi militia, in clear violation of Security Council resolutions 2216, 2231 and 2624, noting the government’s announcement on July 7, 2022, to seize shipments of advanced Iranian-made weapons and missiles in international waters Southern Iran, emphasizing the importance of preventing arms smuggling to Houthi militias that threaten freedom of maritime navigation and trade in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea. .
The Ministerial Council affirmed its full support for the Presidential Command Council in Yemen and its supporting entities to enable it to carry out its tasks to achieve security and stability in Yemen, and called on the Houthis to respond to the call made by the Presidential Command Council , to start negotiations under the supervision of the United Nations to reach a political solution, according to the references Represented by the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, the results of the comprehensive national dialogue conference and Security Council Resolution 2216, in a way that preserves the sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and independence of Yemen.
The Ministerial Council also reaffirmed its firm positions and decisions regarding Iraq, the importance of preserving integrity, territorial integrity, full sovereignty, Arab identity, social fabric and national unity, and its support in confronting groups terrorists and armed militias, strengthen state sovereignty and law enforcement, calling for the language of dialogue and the national interest to prevail over any other consideration to overcome the current situation, which represents a threat to the stability of the country. Regarding the Libyan file, the Council expressed its concern about the recent outbreak of armed clashes in Tripoli, which threatens the security of the Libyan people and undermines the stability of the country, and calms and gives priority to the greater national interest.
He stressed the need to preserve the ceasefire agreement and prevent the outbreak of a new wave of violence, stop interfering in the country’s internal affairs, remove all foreign forces and mercenaries from its lands, support efforts to confront ISIS, support the efforts of the United Nations to reach a political solution and hold elections.