ON BEHALF OF HM: Two-day meet to discuss regional, global issues; UK PM to join leaders
MUSCAT: On behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, will lead the Sultanate’s delegation at the 37th GCC Leaders’ Summit to be held in Bahrain capital Manama on Tuesday and Wednesday.
HH Sayyid Fahd will be accompanied by Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and officials.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, visiting the Gulf for the first time since she came to office in July, will attend the two-day summit. May will become the first British leader and the first woman to attend the annual gathering of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In earlier remarks on Sunday, the British PM said that the UK must seek to “transform the way we do business” with the region. Moreover, the GCC leaders, according to reports, are likely to discuss the whole range of regional and international issues including terrorism, closer economic cooperation and the situations in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine. The Saudi proposal to transform the GCC into a “Gulf Union,” that calls for solidarity among the Gulf states, is likely to top the summit’s agenda. — Agencies