GCC mission in Geneva on way
Manama, May 26, 2014
A permanent GCC mission will be set up in Geneva by the end of this year.
Plans for the diplomatic representation, which will work closely with UN member states, were revealed yesterday by GCC secretary-general Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
"We have plans to open a permanent GCC mission in Geneva and another in Vienna by the year end," he told the GDN.
"The GCC mission in Geneva will have an ambassador appointed to carry out its task."
He was speaking on the sidelines of a two-day international conference to discuss the Arab Court of Human Rights, which will be established in Bahrain.
He explained that the permanent Geneva office will complement the GCC mission in Yemen, Brussels and New York. He added they have also set up a Human Rights Bureau at the GCC Secretariat in Riyadh, which will start operations soon.
"The importance of human rights in Bahrain and the region is the key to stability and the Arab Court for Human Rights is a positive and confident step for the GCC and Arab world," he said.
Dr Al Zayani said the GCC secretariat will celebrate its 33rd anniversary next Monday.
"We are proud of what we have achieved so far and are now keen to diversify our economies by making them more knowledge-based and encouraging youth in the GCC to be more innovative," he added. - TradeArabia News Service