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GCC army chiefs of staff discuss activation of defense integration

RIAYDH, May 16 (KUNA) -- The executive steps to materialize the vision of Saud King Salman bin Abdulaziz on defense were the major issue of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) army chiefs of staff in Riyadh on Monday.
The 7th consultative meeting of the GCC Supreme Military Committee of Chiefs of Staff held in Riyadh also discussed a host of key issues, including activation of the GCC defense integration, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Addressing the meeting, Saudi Chief of General Staff Lt. General Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Bunyan said the gathering aimed to foster bonds of joint military action and coordinate efforts among the GCC armed forces.
The meeting responds to directives by the GCC leaders and defense ministers who are highly concerned about maintaining security and stability of countries of the region, in addition to promoting military cooperation and joint defense, he added.
Meanwhile, the GCC Assistant Secretary General for Military Affairs Major General Khalifa bin Humaid Al Kaabi lauded Saudi Arabia's effective role in achieving the bloc's joint goals and boosting joint military action. (end) od.hm