RIYADH: Saudi King Calls for peaceful and political solutions of Syria and Yemen in the Gulf summit by GCC

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman called on Wednesday for a political solution to end Syria’s bitter five-year civil war that has fueled the rise of terror outfits and killed hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. “The Kingdom is currently hosting Syrian opposition groups at the moment in an effort to find a political solution,” said the king in remarks at the opening session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit here. King Salman also touched on key regional issues including Palestine, Yemen and the need to intensify efforts to fight terrorism. The king stressed the need for Gulf unity amid turbulence in the region. According to reports, the leaders of the GCC countries also discussed relations with neighboring Iran, economic integration and the situation in Syria, Iraq and Yemen after the inaugural session. Referring to the joint resolve to restore peace and security in the region, King Salman called on the stakeholders to exert efforts to restore “the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state with Al-Quds as its capital.” Regarding Yemen, King Salman said that the way to solve the Yemeni crisis is through cooperation and political means.(Arab News)