RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Tuesday the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) would continue to play a role in strengthening security and stability in the Middle East region.

The prince was speaking at the conclusion of the 42nd GCC Summit, which saw leaders and delegations of the six membeor their representatives in Riyadh to discuss strengthening joint cooperation, facing challenges, and focusing on the future of the region.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman stressed the need for the GCC countries to remain united in the face of challenges and praised the solidarity that led to the success of the outcomes of the AlUla summit, noting that the council had made many achievements, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

He also made it clear that Saudi Arabia continues to play a key role in enhancing security and stability in the region.

“We are looking forward today to building a prosperous economic bloc, and this requires creating a stimulating environment that depends on diversifying sources of income,” the crown prince said.

Among topics of discussion during the summit were the importance of dealing seriously with Iran's nuclear ambitions, supporting the stability of Iraq and supporting a political solution to the Yemen conflict.

In addition, the crown prince reiterated the need to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a source of threat to the region.

The King of Bahrain echoed the crown prince's statement, and praised the importance of Saudi Arabia's role in facing challenges, as well as the importance of member states adhering to the contents of the AlUla summit statement.

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