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Next two years crucial for Gulf union
Friday, Mar 01, 2013
Manama: Bahrain’s foreign minister has predicted that the next two years will be crucial for a proposed Gulf union.
Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz in December 2011 called upon the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to move “from the phase of cooperation to the phase of union within a single entity”.
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE welcomed the proposal although, at subsequent meetings, they said that more time was needed to look at the details.
Shaikh Khalid said that the reports that Bahrain and Saudi Arabia were planning to go ahead with a two-state union ahead of the other members were attributed to the enthusiasm expressed by Manama for the Saudi King’s proposal.
Shaikh Khalid who was on an official visit to Doha where he held talks with the Qatari emir and prime minister, denied the existence of rifts within the GCC towards the developments in Syria.
“There is no rift and the GCC position is part of the Arab League initiative. We did not put forward a new plan since the Arab League has adopted the initiative. We did not dispute any statement issued by the pan-Arab organisation. Some of the GCC countries played a bigger role than others, but this does not mean there are differences. We all agree on assisting the people of Syria,” he said.
By Habib Toumi Bureau Chief
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