Bahrain yesterday hailed the honourable stand taken by Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two holy Mosques King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and its firm support for the Kingdom’s security and stability. Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said this epitomised strong historical relations and deep-rooted ties, based on love and fraternity between the countries’ leaders and peoples as he met his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud Al Faisal.
The two sides exchanged views on regional developments, particularly Yemen.
Shaikh Khalid attended an extraordinary meeting of the GCC Foreign Ministers’ Council. The ministers discussed ongoing contacts with the Yemeni government and opposition and the GCC-led initiative to overcome the current crisis.
The GCC’s keenness to preserve Yemen’s unity, security, stability and national achievements came under the spotlight.
Earlier, Shaikh Khalid was welcomed on arrival in Riyadh by the Saudi Foreign Minister, GCC Secretary-General Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and his assistants.
Shaikh Khalid met his Yemeni counterpart Dr Abu Bakr Al Qirbi and discussed bilateral relations and growing co-operation. They also reviewed the latest measures adopted to solve the Yemeni crisis in light of efforts by GCC countries.
Shaikh Khalid stressed Bahrain’s solidarity with Yemen in its efforts to protect its security, stability, unity and territorial integrity and achieve harmony between all parties.
He called upon all Yemeni parties to pay heed to their country’s national interests and seek a consensus on national goals and required reforms.
Dr Al Qirbi also expressed his country’s support for measures undertaken in Bahrain to protect its security and stability.
“Yemen stands united with Bahrain in confronting any attempt to subvert its security and stability and interfere in its internal affairs,” he said.
Meanwhile, the GCC urged Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to ensure a peaceful transition to his deputy, Dr Al Zayani said in Riyadh.
The GCC appealed to Saleh to “announce the transfer of his powers to the vice-president,” Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, said Dr Al Zayani.
It also called for the formation of “a government of national unity led by the opposition” which would be responsible for “establishing a constitution and organising elections,” he said. Gulf Daily News