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Positive spirit of amity at GCC Summit
December 7, 2014, 9:20 am

Positive spirit of amity and reconciliation are to prevail in the upcoming 35th GCC Summit hosted by Qatar on December 9-10, with the expectation that they would favorably impact the summit's outcomes.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's efforts led to the agreement on Riyadh supplementary document last month to iron out inter-GCC differences.

The Gulf people are pinning high hopes on the Doha Summit, wishing the leaders would end up with resolutions that live up to their aspirations of furthering cooperation and integration among GCC nations.

The upcoming summit is seen, by many, as a turning point in the GCC march towards materializing its objectives and serving common interests of Gulf states.
The summit's agenda tackles plethora of key issues relative to the GCC cooperation and joint action in different domains. The conferees will also review and debate the strategic dialogue between the GCC and major international blocs as well as the rapid political and security developments in the region.

They are expected to reiterate the GCC's firm stance against terrorism and terror acts committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which threatens security and stability of the whole Arab region, especially Iraq and Syria.

The Gulf leaders would consider a proposal to form a joint military command and a joint naval force to address the growing security challenges.

The proposal was presented and recommended by the Joint Defense Council during its meeting last month. Earlier, the GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al Zayani stated that the formation of such a command would be "a quantum leap in joint military cooperation." The summit will mull another proposal to establish a unified Gulf police, which was presented by the GCC interior ministers in their 33th meeting last November.

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