GCC, US, and British Officials Meet to Discuss Road-map for Yemen

Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, met with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al Jubeir and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry in the presence of the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

They discussed ways to reinforce cooperation aspects between the GCC countries and the United States and to move with joint relations to broader prospects in addition to exchanging views on regional issues, mainly the situation in the Republic of Yemen.

Shaikh Khalid affirmed that this is one is a series of meetings with the US Secretary of State aimed at coordinating stances on the latest developments in the region and fostering the best ways to surmount challenges. He affirmed the need to put an end to the crises of the region, ensure stability and work out permanent solutions, with each country assuming its responsibility and adhering to International conventions, laws and norms.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the GCC Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Jeddah last week. Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary of Regional and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Affairs, Waheed Mubarak Sayyar, participated in the meeting, which was co-chaired by Saudi Foreign Minister Al Jubeir, US Secretary Kerry and UK Minister of State for the Middle East and Africa, Tobias Ellwood.

The meeting was attended by United Nations Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and GCC Secretary-General, Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani. Discussions during the meeting included the latest developments in the Republic of Yemen and efforts exerted to restore security and peace in the country.

The officials expressed their support to the efforts of the UN Special Envoy to achieve an agreement for the road-map in the near future based on UN Security Council Resolution 2216, the Gulf initiative and its mechanism for implementation as well as the results of the Comprehensive National Dialogue to reach a comprehensive political and security solution in Yemen.

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