The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Defense, hosted Wednesday the 16th session of the GCC Joint Defense Council for Ministers of Defense and Heads of Delegations Representatives of the GCC Defense Ministers at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel in Muscat, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.
Held under the chair of Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al- Busaidi, Oman’s Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs, the session was attended by Mohammad Ahmad Al Bawardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Lt-General Abdullah bin Hassan al-Nuaimi, Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mohammed bin Abdullah al- Ayesh, Assistant Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs in the State of Qatar, Anas Khalid al-Saleh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs in the State of Kuwait, and Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid al-Zayani, GCC Secretary General.
Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al- Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs in the Sultanate, delivered a speech in which he welcomed the Sultanate’s guests, the Ministers of Defense and Heads of Delegations Representatives of the GCC Defense Ministers, praising the achievements made in the field of military cooperation among the GCC states, in translation of the directives of the GCC leaders.
He added that this meeting is a continuation of previous meetings in order to get acquainted with the achievements and results achieved in the Gulf military field and to continue the joint effort to translate the lofty and noble goals set by the GCC leaders.
In his speech, the Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs confirmed that this meeting comes to discuss very important topics, including the recommendations of the Supreme Military Committee of the Chiefs-of-Staff to study and reach the appropriate decisions on them, which will contribute to the enhancement and development of cooperation to achieve the aspirations of the peoples of the GCC countries in the defense fields.
At the conclusion of his speech, Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al- Busaidi stressed the importance of continuing the work to upgrade and develop the capabilities of the armed forces of the GCC countries, in addition to overcoming all the challenges and difficulties facing them to achieve the common goals that everyone aspires to.
The GCC Secretary General also delivered a speech in which he stressed that the leaders of the GCC countries have paid great attention to joint defense work, keen to provide them with all forms of support and care, and always directed to enhance the defense integration among the Member States, believing that the defense of the GCC States, protecting their sovereignty, independence and interests are a national duty and a firm commitment to the implementation of the Joint Defense Agreement among Member States, and to the deepening of the historic ties that they have, the bonds of brotherhood and the same destiny.
The meeting discussed a number of issues that support and strengthen the march of military cooperation between the GCC countries and develop them in a way that activates the joint defense agreement between the GCC countries and take the appropriate decisions.