‘Jordan’s GCC bid on track’

By Taylor Luck

AMMAN – Jordan’s membership bid for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is on track as the Kingdom continues a gradual process towards joining the regional bloc, a senior official said on Wednesday.

“We are on track and we are encouraged by the positive reception we have received from member states so far,” Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday.

Judeh’s comments came in response to reports quoting UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Ben Zayed as indicating that GCC members have not reached a consensus over Jordan and Morocco’s “full membership” to the council.

In a wide-ranging press conference in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Sheikh Zayed indicated that although GCC member states welcome stronger ties with Morocco and Jordan “there is no consensus about the joining of two countries to the GCC with full membership”, Reuters reported.

Note from the editor: It is said that 95% of the Jordanian public would like to join the GCC while 95% of the GCC public is not interested in Jordan and Morocco joining. The Jordan public would of course like to have free access for its labour force to the GCC countries. The mentalities / culture of the people are rather different. The leadership seems to like Jordan to join so that they have a Sunni Army that they can call upon in case of need…
Anyway, the outcome of this plan is far from certain. Let’s wait and see.

Read more on Jordan Times: http://jordantimes.com/?news=43853

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