PM calls for solution to GCC crisis

najib-gulf-crisesKUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak today urged all parties to positively participate in the mediation efforts initiated by Kuwait to find a solution to the ongoing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis.

Najib also urged these parties to take immediate steps to comply with all agreements reached by the GCC countries, specifically the 2014 Riyadh Agreement.

He said Malaysia believed that the agreement was an acceptable basis for a solution to the current crisis.

“Malaysia strongly supports the efforts by the Emir of Kuwait to mediate in the face of escalating tensions, and we stand ready to assist if our contribution is needed.

“We have always upheld the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other sovereign countries and urge all nations to do the same,” he said in a statement.

Najib said Malaysia recognised Saudi Arabia’s concerns in the current crisis and encouraged all peace-loving nations to back efforts to end the crisis.

He added that Malaysia acknowledged the important role of Saudi Arabia as the beacon of stability in the Gulf, as well as its role in upholding the unity of Muslims.

“For this reason, all parties must ensure that the security and stability of Saudi Arabia as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is protected and preserved at all costs,” he said.

He said Malaysia was proud to have participated in the 2017 Riyadh Summit, at which Kuala Lumpur reiterated its relentless support in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, “just as we were proud and honoured to host His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year”.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorist organisations.

The prime minister said Malaysia was closely monitoring the situation in the Arab world, especially Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Qatar.

“We pray that with the grace of Allah the Almighty, all differences among our Arab brothers will be settled amicably and that the unity and harmony of the GCC countries can be restored,” he said.