Interview with the new GCC Secretary-General
As GCC Secretary-General and the first Bahraini and first military man to take office, HE Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani hopes to usher political and social reform.
April 3, 2011 1:11 by Precious de Leon
• The third objective concerns human development.
• The fourth objective is related to public safety by reinforcing the capabilities of fighting natural and human disasters and the ability to recover from them.
• The fifth objective involves furthering the international position of the member states of the GCC.
All of these objectives are based on the resolutions passed by the Gulf leaders over the past years. The Secretary-Generals who preceded me worked on achieving these objectives and I am keen on benefiting from their experiences, pursuing their approaches, and building on their achievements and accomplishments.
I will simultaneously widen the boundaries of these objectives and add new activities to them in response to the challenges and developments in the region in particular and the world in general.
Q. The Middle East region is witnessing widespread protests and calls for change and reform. How do you view this situation? And how do you interpret it?
A. This is an important question. I believe that the calls for reform and change are logical ones. Individuals and entire societies constantly work on developing themselves irrespective of the progress they may have already achieved. We see this, for example, in the developed countries of Europe and America. This is my first point.