RIYADH, 31st October, 2016 (WAM) — The Secretariat-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council has praised the election of Saudi Arabia as a member of the Human Rights Council by the United Nation General Assembly, UNGA, for the fourth time.

A statement released by the council called the election ‘a natural result of the keenness of Saudi Arabia’s leadership and its interest in the subject of human rights, confirming its high ranking and leading role in the region and the world.

The GCC Assistant Secretary-General for Legislative and Legal Affairs, Ambassador Hamad bin Rashid al-Marri, expressed the council’s congratulations to King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia.