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GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet

The inaugural meeting focused on economic, investment links between the two countries

GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
A meeting between GCC officials and Russian ministers was held in Abu Dhabi this week to cement ties between the countries and discuss ongoing coopertion. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
Talks took place in the Emirates Palace hotel, where Russian ministers and heads of the six GCC states furthered their dialogue. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
Among the issues discussed were regional and international issues, as well as the progress of relations between the GCC and Russia. Above: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) speaks to his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
Leading the meeting from the GCC side, Sheikh Abdullah said in the opening speech that the meeting was being held at a time when there were rapid changes in the region. He said the GCC saw Russia as a key and strategic partner, due to its role in the international community. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
He also commended Russia's support on the UN Security Council Resolution regarding Yemen, and welcomed the country's interest in the signing and implementation of the GCC initiative in Yemen. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
A joint statement was issued by representatives from both countries, with references to deep, friendly ties between the two sides. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
During the meeting, there were also talks of Russian participation in major regional projects, such as the GCC railway network, the integrated electricity system and nuclear power projects. From L to R: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Saudi Arabia's deputy foreign minister, Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah, and Oman's foreign affairs minister, Yussef bin Alawi bin Abdullah. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
Following the meeting, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding. Above: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) shakes hands with Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC, Russian ties in the spotlight during Abu Dhabi meet
The two sides also agreed to hold the second meeting in Russia 2012. Above: Saudi Arabia's deputy foreign minister, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah (R), and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) secretary general, Abdul Latif al-Zayyani. (AFP/Getty Images)