Manama- King Hamad and the Moroccan monarch Mohammad VI have condemned Iran’s interference in the domestic affairs of Bahrain and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as well as its support to terrorism.
The two monarchs, meeting in Bahrain where King Mohammad on Monday started a visit, stressed the importance of integrating Arab and international efforts to combat terrorism that is threatening the security and stability of states and putting international peace at risk.
Other international issues addressed by the two leaders included the latest developments in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.
King Hamad and King Mohammad welcomed the outcome of the GCC-Morocco summit held last week in the Saudi capital Riyadh and which stressed the depth of the relations and cooperation between the countries, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The GCC, established in 1981, comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Morocco and Bahrain are poised to strengthen further their relations of friendship and cooperation during the current visit by King Mohammed VI .
The visit takes place just few days after the first Morocco-GCC summit held last Wednesday in Riyadh that sealed the strategic partnership binding Morocco to the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, mustering Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
King Mohammed VI and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had both attended the Summit along the other leaders of the Arab Gulf countries.
The Bahraini Cabinet has lauded, at his regular meeting on Monday, the positive results of the Morocco-GCC summit and said the Bahraini delegation to the summit was led by King Hamad given its importance in strengthening cooperation between GCC countries and Morocco on confronting challenges that affect their security and stability, and the need to stand together firmly against all threats.
The Council praised the summit, held at the initiative of King Salman of Saudi Arabia, as reflecting keenness to step up Arab coordination on the challenges and threats the region is facing.
During the Riyadh Summit, King Mohammed VI had delivered a strong speech deemed as a roadmap for cooperation and partnership between Morocco and the GCC member States.
Despite the geographical distance, Morocco and GCC countries “are bound by solid relations that, in addition to language, religion and civilization, include a commitment to the same values and principles and the same constructive policies,” the Sovereign had said, underlining that “Thanks to our shared determination, we have managed to lay the foundations for a solid strategic partnership, which is the result of fruitful bilateral cooperation.”
King Mohammed VI insisted that “Moroccan-Gulf partnership is not the result of transient interests or calculations. Rather, it derives its strength from a firm belief that ours is a common destiny and that we hold the same views on issues of common concern.”
“We are facing plots that target our collective security,” the King of Morocco said underlining that the security and stability of the Arab Gulf countries and the security of Morocco are one and the same.
On the morrow of the summit, King Hamad said that the Moroccan King’s speech clearly stressed the need for joint action to deal with the current situation and advocated an enhanced partnership for the welfare of all brotherly countries.
In a statement relayed by the Bahraini News Agency, King Hamad had praised the depth of the brotherly relations linking Morocco and the GCC countries and pledged that the recommendations, ideas and visions emerged at the Summit “will be placed at the top of our priorities to achieve the sought objectives.”
King Hamad expressed Bahrain’s full support to the integrity of the Moroccan territories and its rejection of any attempt against its lands. Bahrain supported the efforts exerted by Morocco to settle the conflict in the Moroccan Sahara, the official news agency added.
At the bilateral level, the two leaders reiterated their commitment to strengthening relations, consolidating cooperation and continuing consultations “in a way that serves their shared interests.”
Two protocols and an executive cooperation agreement were signed between the two countries in the presence of the two leaders.
Source: Gulf News, News Agencies, 26 APRIL 2016