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EU FMs call for closer EU-GCC cooperation

BRUSSELS, Oct 18 (KUNA) -- A number of European Union Foreign Ministers Monday called for closer EU ties and cooperation with the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ahead of a discussion on EU-Gulf ties during their meeting in Luxembourg .
Anze Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, told reporters ahead of the meeting that "We look forward for discussion with the Gulf countries", noting that EU High Representative Josep Borrell recently visited the region.
"It's in our mutual interest to enhance this cooperation from different perspective from Green transition to migrant topics," he said. Slovenia currently holds the EU Presidency.
Gordan Grlic Ramadan, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia said, "We will start our discussions with the Gulf, very important region where we see positive trends".
"We will explore how we can work more with our Gulf partners in different areas from economy to security," he said.
Robert Rydberg, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden said among Sweden's priorities in today's meeting is "to support an active EU role in the strategically important Gulf region".
The GCC includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. (end) nk.gta