RIYADH, 21st April, 2016 (WAM) — Kings, Emirs, leaders and heads of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the U.S. President Barack Obama, asserted at Al-Dareiyah Palace here tonight, as they concluded summit of their 2nd GCC leaders and the U.S. President, strategic cooperation between the two sides, aiming to realise stability, security and prosperity in the region.

According to Saudi Press Agency, the summit issued the following communique: At the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, heads of State and Government of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries and the United States convened today in Riyadh to reaffirm the GCC-U.S. strategic partnership in pursuit of a stable, secure, and prosperous region. They reviewed the substantial progress made since the first GCC-U.S.

Summit in May 2015 at Camp David, included measures to strengthen GCC-U.S. cooperation and deepen the partnership between the GCC and the United States.

Recognising the scope of the region’s challenges, leaders also committed to urgently undertake additional steps to intensify the campaign to defeat (ISIL, Daesh) and al-Qaida; de-escalate and seek to resolve regional conflicts; strengthen GCC states’ capacity to address external and internal threats; and address Iran’s destabilising activities, while also working to reduce regional and sectarian tensions that fuel instability.

The leaders discussed a shared vision for addressing the most pressing conflicts in the region, welcoming the important progress achieved since the Camp David summit, while also underscoring the need to solidify gains.

To build on this progress, leaders reaffirmed their support for the common principles decided at Camp David, including a shared recognition that there is no military solution to the region’s armed civil conflicts, which can only be resolved through political and peaceful means; respect for all states’ sovereignty and non-interference in their internal affairs; and the need for inclusive governance in conflict-ridden societies as well as protection of all minorities and of human rights.

The leaders expressed solidarity with the Syrian people and emphasised the importance of the full implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254, to include immediate humanitarian access to besieged and hard-to-reach areas and the release of any arbitrarily detained persons. Leaders also emphasised their resolve to strengthen the cessation of hostilities. They reaffirmed the need for a political transition away from Bashar Asad that preserves state institutions and sustains renewed focus on the fight against ISIL and the Nusrah Front.

The GCC and United States also expressed their deep concern for the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons. They welcomed plans by the United States to convene a High-Level Summit on Refugees in September 2016, recognising the opportunity it affords to galvanise additional international support. Ahead of that Summit, the United States and GCC countries underscored the need to provide additional assistance for refugees.

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