The six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have agreed to create a joint naval force, a top Kuwaiti defence official has revealed.
The force would be particularly deployed to protect waters shared with Iran, Major General Ahmad Yussef Al Mulla was quoted as saying by the official KUNA news agency.
It would be developed in the “coming months”, with the size of the force depend on the “level of external threats for Gulf marine security,” he said.
It would work with the Peninsula Shield force, formed by the GCC states — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates — as a 5,000-strong army in 1982.
The six states share thousands of kilometres of shoreline along the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea — bodies of water also patrolled by Iran’s powerful navy.