Jaishankar holds meet with GCC to strengthen ties

New York, Sep 26 (IANS) India furthered growth in its ties with the powerful six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar held talks with foreign ministers of the GCC countries on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly.
“A meeting with key partners: the #GulfCooperationCouncil — SG GCC Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, FM of Oman Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah & State Minister for Foreign Affairs of UAE @AnwarGargash. Very productive discussion on further growth of ties,” Jaishankar tweeted about the meeting that took place on Wednesday.
Among those who took part in the meeting were Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah; Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary General of GCC; Foreign Minister of Oman Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah; and UAE’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash.
The meeting reviewed the friendly relations between the member states of the GCC and India.
The meeting was co-chaired by Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the current chair of the GCC Ministerial Council, and Jaishankar.
The GCC is a political and economic alliance of six countries in the Arabian Peninsula: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Set up in 1981, the GCC promotes economic, security, cultural and social cooperation between the six nations.
The GCC countries possess almost half of the world’s oil reserves.

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