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    Saudi King Urges World Powers to Stop Bloodshed in Syria

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    Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud called on the international community on Tuesday to multiply the joint efforts to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

    MANAMA (Sputnik) — Al Saud said at the opening of the 37th summit of the Cooperation Council of Arab Gulf states in Bahrain that world powers have to preserve the unity and the integrity of Syria.

    "We are all hurt by…what is the result of the crisis in Syria, by the fact that the Syrian people are suffering from the carnage and misery, [it is] what obliges the intentional community to stop the bloodshed and find a political solution that would guarantee the advance in security and stability, and to preserve the unity and the integrity of the Syrian land."

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting the Syrian opposition groups striving to overthrow President Bashar Assad. At the same time, Damascus has to counter numerous extremist groups, in particular, Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

    King Salman also stressed the necessity of joint actions of the Gulf States to manage crises, strengthen security and ensure stability in the Persian Gulf region,

    "Those crises that our region faces demand from all of us [Arab States of the Gulf] joint work to counter them and to address them with full responsibility, as well as to make efforts aimed at strengthening security and stability in the region for our states’ and peoples’ development and prosperity," King Salman said at the opening ceremony of the 37th summit of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) in Bahrain's capital.

    On Saturday, local media reported that the monarch had left for a tour across the Persian Gulf states, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.


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