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Gulf dispute poses a challenge to march of GCC: Secy-Gen

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr Nayef Falah Mubarak al Hajraf has underlined that the GCC had been facing many challenges during the past four decades. It has witnessed many achievements in several areas and on more than one level.
He said the council was able to overcome these challenges and preserve the achievements for the good, development, security and prosperity of the countries and its citizens.
In a speech on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the GCC on Monday, the secretary-general said the GCC faces unprecedented challenges, and today requires more than ever collective thinking and cooperation to meet the challenges and deal with its repercussions.
He stressed that the Gulf dispute, which is approaching its third year, constitutes a challenge to the march of GCC as it represents a common concern for all the countries of the council.
He said the dispute is being addressed by the Amir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah since the first day, and his efforts have received Gulf and international support.
He said the other challenge facing the GCC is what the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has imposed on all aspects of life and affected all humanity.
This issue requires the cooperation system to enhance joint action and collective preparedness to deal with the post-coronavirus world, with its economic, health, social, security, labour and strategic dimensions, to protect the people of the GCC states, safeguard their achievements and guarantee their future.
The GCC secretary-general pointed out that the world after coronavirus and the great changes brought out by it requires the council to extrapolate the new global scene and prepare as a system to deal with the challenges, in order to ensure the GCC’s strategic position and safeguard the achievements of its people.
He said the GCC countries and people will overcome these challenges and emerge as stronger, determined and more powerful, preserving the gains of the council, and developing its working mechanisms to ensure the sustainability of its effectiveness and leadership.