KUWAIT, Dec 11 (KUNA) -- In a big step forward to consolidate Gulf joint
security, Arab Gulf leaders agreed Wednesday on the establishment of a joint
military command and police.
"The Supreme Council agreed on the establishment of the joint military
command to the GCC member states and assigned the Joint Defense Council to
take necessary measures to put this agreement into effect according to the
relevant studies," read the final statement of the 34th Summit of the Gulf
The Gulf leaders have also approved a proposal for setting up the Gulf
Academy for Strategic and Security Studies and welcomed the UAE proposal to
"The Supreme Council also gave the green light for completing the project
of the secure communications."
The Gulf leaders ratified the decisions of the Joint Defense Council of the
GCC member states and expressed appreciations of the executive measures taken
to bolster joint military action.
"The latest of which was the GCC Defense Ministers' laying of the
foundation stone of the coordination center for maritime security in the
Kingdom of Bahrain," the statement said.
On the inter-GCC security, the Gulf leaders agreed on the foundation of a
joint Gulf police force.
"The Supreme Council ratified the draft resolutions to establish a joint
Gulf police force, stressing that the new body will boost security and help
expand security and anti-terror cooperation and coordination among member
states," the statement added.
The Gulf leaders endorsed the resolutions taken by the GCC interior
ministers in their 32th meeting in Bahrain in November.
They also reiterated their firm stances against terrorism and extremism in
all their forms regardless of their motivations or sources. They also lauded
the executive measures taken to put into effect their anti-terror resolutions.
"The Supreme Council also voiced support to all regional and international
efforts aiming to counter terrorism and terrorist organizations," it said.
They also underscored the importance of the complete implementation of the
relevant resolutions of the international and regional organizations and
The Supreme Council of the GCC is the highest authority of the
organization. It is composed of the heads of the member-states. Its presidency
rotates periodically among the member states in alphabetical order. It meets
in an ordinary session each year. Extraordinary sessions may be convened at
the request of any one member-state seconded by another member state.
The GCC is a political and economic alliance of six Gulf countries: Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. The GCC
was established in May 1981. The purpose of the GCC is to achieve unity among
its members based on their common objectives and their similar political and
cultural identities. (end)
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