Greater unification of Gulf states in focus
Foreign Ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will hold an important meeting on Sunday to discuss greater unification of the Gulf States and to review all aspects of a plan to transform the GCC into a strong unified “Gulf Union.”
This 124th ministerial meeting, to be held in Jeddah after the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, will also examine key regional issues. Gulf States are already tied through unified policies, militarily, politically and economically under the mandate of the GCC Charter.
Abdulatif Al-Zayani, GCC secretary general said, “Unification is meant to empower GCC bloc countries and empower members to come to the aid of one another in times of threat."
A GCC commission in December last year to discuss the initiative completed its review and submitted comments and recommendations to GCC foreign ministers recently.
Al-Zayani said foreign ministers would discuss other regional and international concerns. The agenda will include discussion on the situation in Yemen, Syria and Iran and a review of reports filed by ministerial committees for GCC joint action.
Posted by: Steve White