Muscat: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries affirmed the common position demanding an end to the brutal aggression against Gaza.
The Gulf Cooperation Council countries affirmed the common Gulf position, demanding an end to the brutal aggression launched by the Israeli occupation forces against the Gaza Strip and rejecting the characterization of this aggression as tantamount to self-defense.
This came during the statement made by First Secretary Khalid bin Saleh Al Rabkhi, Deputy Permanent Representative in the Permanent Delegation of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations in New York on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries during the General Assembly’s discussion of Item 35 entitled (The Question of Palestine).
The GCC countries praised Security Council Resolution 2712 issued on November 15, 2023, which calls for a mandatory ceasefire, and supported the General Assembly’s resolution issued during the emergency special session on October 27, 2023, which stipulated an immediate ceasefire and the entry of aid. The Council countries demand the immediate implementation of these decisions without restrictions or conditions, and categorically reject any efforts or approaches to forcibly displace the Palestinians from their land.
The GCC countries welcomed the humanitarian truce agreement that was achieved as a result of the joint mediation of the State of Qatar, the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the United States of America, concluded between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas.
The GCC countries condemned in the strongest terms the ongoing Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people, including the use of internationally prohibited weapons. It calls on the international community to hold the Israeli occupation authority accountable for inhumane crimes that constitute a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.
The Gulf Cooperation Council countries reject and denounce any attempt to annex the settlements in the West Bank to Israel, which represents a clear violation of the United Nations Charter, the principles of international law, and relevant international resolutions, including Security Council Resolution No. 2334 of 2016, the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 2004, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.
The Gulf states condemn Israel's continued construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The GCC countries also condemned the repeated incursions into the courtyards of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers with the support and protection of the Israeli occupation forces. These incursions are considered a serious violation of international law and the status quo in Jerusalem and its holy sites, a violation of the sanctity of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a provocation to the feelings of Muslims around the world.
In the statement, GCC countries rejected all Israeli practices aimed at changing the legal and historical status of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.