GCC states to get regional police centre

December 12, 2013 - 3:16:32 am

The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the 34th session of the GCC Supreme Council held in the Liberation Hall at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City yesterday. The Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah also participated in the summit.

DOHA: The GCC states have decided to set up a regional police coordination centre to put up a concerted fight against terrorism.

The proposed centre, the headquarters of which were not announced, will coordinate with security agencies in the six member-countries. 

GCC leaders approved the plan at the Summit that concluded in Kuwait yesterday. 

For external security, they also gave the nod for a unified military command.

It was also decided to establish a Gulf Academy for Strategic and Security Studies which is to be based in the UAE.

The Gulf states demanded that foreign militias quit Syria and said President Bashar 

Al Assad must have no future role, in a declaration his Iran- and Hezbollah-backed regime denounced as meddling.

The leaders welcomed what they described as the new Iranian government’s shift to a positive policy toward the six-nation bloc.

The GCC leaders postponed a decision on a proposed union.

Adopting a firm stance on Syria, the GCC “strongly condemned the continued genocide that Assad’s regime is committing against the Syrian people using heavy and chemical weapons”.

It called “for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Syria,” in a clear reference to Iran-backed Shia militias from Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement which are supporting Assad’s troops against Sunni-led rebels.

The GCC backed the opposition National Coalition’s decision to attend a Geneva peace conference, saying the January 22 meeting should lead to the formation of a transitional government with extensive executive powers and in which Assad would have no role.

“Pillars of the Syrian regime whose hands had been stained by the blood of the Syrian people must have no role in the transitional government or Syria’s political future,” the oil-rich nations said in their summit’s closing statement.

In response, Syria strongly condemned the “inflammatory rhetoric of the Council’s statement on Syria, particularly as countries in the Council... support and practice terrorism”.

But brushing aside differences with Iran on Syria, the GCC praised the Islamic republic’s overtures to Gulf states.

The monarchies “welcome the new orientation by the Iranian leadership towards the Gulf Cooperation Council and hope it will be followed by concrete measures that would positively impact regional peace,” said the statement. QNA/AFP

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