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GCC to set up regional police force based in Abu Dhabi
December 11, 2014, 8:14 am

GCC leaders agreed to form a regional police force, which will be based in Abu Dhabi, and a joint naval force, to be operated from Bahrain.

The leaders, who are gathered yesterday in Doha for the annual summit of Gulf nations, agreed to form the new police force, which will be known as GCC-Pol, as well as the naval force. Plans to form a joint military command were also discussed, but nothing formal has been agreed.

Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, the Qatari foreign minister, told a press conference that the police force would improve cooperation against terrorism.

“It will be an Interpol-like force but inside GCC countries,” he said.

The new police force is also expected to tackle drug trafficking, money laundering and cyber-crime.

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