Muscat – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have reiterated their stance that the Ukraine-Russia conflict has repercussions on international peace and security and stressed the importance of moving towards a peaceful solution through dialogue.
This was stated in the sixth joint ministerial meeting between the GCC countries and the Russian Federation, chaired by H E Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Foreign Minister of Oman, held in Moscow on Monday.
Regarding the Ukraine conflict, H E Busaidi emphasised GCC’s commitment to support all efforts aimed at reconciliation and peace, expanding all diplomatic channels and enhancing communication and dialogue between the concerned parties to achieve peace, security, stability and prosperity. This, he said, will serve hopes and aspirations of the peoples of the two countries and the region.
H E Busaidi emphasised the significance of the GCC-Russia ministerial meeting in strengthening cooperation across economic, political, cultural and climate-related fields. He also acknowledged Russia’s efforts concerning the Palestinian issue and stressed the need for a just settlement that aligns with international legitimacy and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
The minister expressed conc-ern over the situation in Sudan, urging calm, dialogue and the pre- servation of state institutions to avoid external interference that could escalate conflict and threa- ten regional peace and security.
He further emphasised the importance of achieving security and stability in Yemen through comprehensive political solutions and support for the Presidential Leadership Council.
The minister recognised opportunities for development and cooperation amidst global challenges such as climate change and political instability. He cited notable events in the Gulf region, including Expo 2020 Dubai, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and upcoming conferences and sports events in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which demonstrate the region’s attractiveness for investment, tourism and cultural exchange.
The minister emphasised the GCC’s commitment to respect the sovereignty of states, uphold the rule of law and foster good neighbourliness.