Kuwait to retain secretary-general position at GCC after current chief's term ends
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Friday approved a request from Kuwait to keep hold of the council's secretary-general office, a day after reports said that the organisation's current chief, a Kuwaiti, will be replaced.
"The Supreme Council approved the desire of Kuwait to retain the position of Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council for a second term, starting from the end of the current term of Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf on January 31, 2023," read a final communique at the end of the 43rd GCC summit held in Riyadh.
The council expressed its "deep appreciation" for Al-Hajraf’s efforts during his tenure. He was appointed secretary-general of the GCC on 1 February 2020.
Kuwait’s Al-Qabas newspaper reported Thursday that Al-Hajraf was informed during a meeting of Gulf foreign ministers a day earlier that his three-year term would not be renewed.
It is not yet clear why Kuwait has decided to replace him.
Al-Hajraf previously held the positions of education minister and finance minister in Kuwait.