x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Gulf states call for rapid Syria political transition

The Gulf Cooperation Council has called for a rapid political transition in Syria as they wrapped up their annual summit in Bahrain.

MANAMA // The Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday called for a rapid political transition in Syria as they wrapped up their annual summit in Bahrain.

The GCC states expressed "deep sadness over the continued shedding of blood by the regime and the destruction of cities and infrastructure, making political transition a demand which must be rapidly implemented".

They urged the international community "to make a quick and serious move to end massacres" in Syria and provide humanitarian assistance to Syrians.

The council voiced their support to the international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's mission in Syria, hoping it "will help achieve agreement" in the UN Security Council.

The GCC states, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, also affirmed their support to the newly formed opposition Syrian National Coalition "as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people".

The countries also repeated their condemnation of Iran's "continued occupation of the three Emirati islands" of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, which lie near the Strait of Hormuz.