P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR
Monday 24 December 2012
JEDDAH: GCC leaders will assemble in Manama today for a landmark summit to discuss major regional and international issues and strengthen economic and military cooperation among the six-member group.
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa told Qatari daily Al-Sharq that the summit would cover several areas including military cooperation, environmental protection and accelerating the steps leading to economic unity.
“The situation in Syria will also be among the main topics,” the minister said. The GCC countries must complete all defensive and preventive measures against any threat, whether it was from military or environment, he pointed out.
The minister underlined the fact that economic integration would receive great attention and that the GCC countries must strive to form an integrated economic unit, which was the basis for the real unity in the future.
Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and the UAE met in Manama yesterday to finalize the summit’s agenda. Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal led the Saudi delegation to the meeting.