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  Statement Issued by the Ministerial Council of Their Highnesses and Excellencies the Foreign Ministers of the GCC at their Coordination Meeting in New York

General Secretariat-New York

In the presence of Their Highnesses and Excellencies the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, the Ministerial Council held a meeting today, Sunday, September 17, 2023, at the headquarters of the Permanent Delegation of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations in New York, during which the Council discussed current developments with the sisterly Republic of Iraq. 

The Council called on the Republic of Iraq to take serious and urgent steps to address the negative repercussions that arose from the ruling of the Supreme Federal Court issued on Monday, September 4, 2023, and published on Thursday, September 14, 2023, adding that the ruling contained inaccurate historical details out of context regarding the 2012 agreement between the State of Kuwait and the Republic of Iraq concerning the regulation of maritime navigation in the Khor Abdullah. This agreement was ratified by the Iraqi side in 2013 and deposited with the United Nations.

The Ministerial Council affirmed that these developments do not serve the relations with the GCC countries and contravene international charters, treaties, and agreements, including UN Security Council Resolution 833.