Report: Gulf Arab countries to discuss unity in September

By REUTERS
August 5, 2012 11:34

 
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RIYADH - The foreign ministers of six Gulf Arab countries will meet in September to discuss a plan for closer integration of the mostly Sunni Muslim monarchies, Saudi Arabia's English-language Arab News reported on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah proposed last December that the Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, should move "to the stage of unity in a single entity" in response to uprisings in the Arab world and the perceived threat from Iran.

"The initiative to move to a Gulf union will be discussed by the GCC foreign ministers when they convene next month," said Abdulatif al-Zayani, the group's secretary general, in comments carried by Arab News.

He added that a commission set up in December to investigate the plan had finished its work, which had been submitted to the countries' foreign ministers.

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