JEDDAH — Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the United States agreed to enhance defense, security, and intelligence cooperation to protect the security and stability of the Gulf region as well as the freedom of maritime navigation.
In a joint statement after their summit in Jeddah on Saturday, the leaders also expressed support for all diplomatic efforts aimed at reducing regional tensions.
“The GCC welcomes the United States’ reaffirmation that it will always work with the GCC to deter and confront all external threats to the [GCC’s] security and against vital sea routes, in particular the Straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandeb,” the statement read.
They also expressed their firm determination to cement cooperation and coordination to develop defense capabilities and counter the threats posed by the increasing use of drones and winged missiles and the supply of weapons to terrorist militias and armed groups.
They reiterated their support for efforts to ensure that the Gulf region would remain free of weapons of mass destruction and for diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon, to combat terrorism and all destabilizing activities in the region.
“Leaders also welcomed the creation of Combined Task Force 153 and Combined Task Force 59 to enhance defense coordination between GCC nations and U.S. Central Command to help detect naval threats and develop naval defenses through the use of state-of-the-art systems and technologies”. added the statement said.
The U.S. President and GCC leaders agreed to strengthen coordination to support efforts to help the recovery of the international economy and address the negative economic repercussions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
“The United States welcomed the Arab Coordination Group’s decision to provide at least $10 billion to help address food security challenges regionally and internationally,” the statement said, adding that GCC leaders also welcomed the US decision to provide $1 billion in nearly – and long-term food security assistance for the Middle East and North Africa region.
Leaders also welcomed OPEC+’s efforts to achieve stability in global oil markets in a way that serves the interests of producers and consumers and welcomed OPEC+’s recent decision to increase production in July. and August.
The United States welcomed the decision of some GCC countries to invest $3 billion in infrastructure projects in low- and middle-income countries.
The United States welcomed the GCC’s donation of $100 million for the Palestinian medical sector, including to renovate hospitals in East Jerusalem. —SG