Gulf states dream an impossible union

Caught between Arab Spring and Iran's nuclear aspirations, cooperation could benefit countries.

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May 24, 2012 14:33
Saudi FM, GCC sec-gen at Riyadh conference

Gulf Cooperation Council 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), held on May 14 in Riyadh, had been convened  to discuss a possible union between the six member states, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Kuwait and Qatar.

According to the Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, whose brainchild it is, such a union would provide the countries with strength by helping them cope with the threat of Iran and the wave of unrest in the region in the wake of the Arab Spring. 

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