Riyadh, 12 January 2023 (TDI): According to the Foreign Ministry of Qatar, the country participated in the 13th conference of Heads of Government Agencies Concerned with Human Rights in the GCC states. It was held on January 10–11, 2023 in Saudi Arabia.

The delegation of the State of Qatar participating in the meeting was headed by the Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Turki bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud.

During the meeting, they discussed the process of joint Gulf cooperation, especially in the area of human rights, enhancing the exchange of experiences, and unifying efforts in this field.


The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. In May 1981, The GCC was founded in Riyadh.

Structure of the Organization

The Supreme Council, which meets annually and is composed of the heads of state of the GCC, is the highest decision-making body in the organization. Adoption of Supreme Council decisions requires unanimous consent.

The Ministerial Council composed of foreign ministers or other government representatives convenes every three months to put the Supreme Council’s rulings into action and to suggest new policies.

The office of the Secretariat-General, which supervises the application of policies and plans meetings, serves as the alliance’s administrative branch. The council’s presidency rotates annually.

Objectives of the Organization

The main objective is to bring its members together based on their shared goals and comparable political and cultural identities derived from Arab and Islamic traditions.

The organization aims to increase regional trade and regional integration among the states and take measures to improve multilateral coordination and collaborative action in many domains.

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They also address the most significant changes in the regional and global arenas and the efforts made in this regard.