Gulf Cooperation Council


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Gulf Cooperation Council

(GCC), officially Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, organization (est. 1981) promoting stability and economic cooperation among Persian Gulf nations. Its members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 1991 the GCC countries joined with Egypt and Syria to create a regional peacekeeping force. An aid fund was also established to promote development in Arab states; it was used to help liberate Kuwait in 1991. In 2003 GCC members eliminated tariffs on trade between member nations and established common external tariffs. They have agreed to establish a broader economic union (including a single market and currency; Oman and the UAE have opted out); a common market was established in 2008. During the national protests in 2011 known as the Arab Spring, the GCC sent forces into Bahrain in support of its monarch, and attempted to negotiate a resolution in Yemen. In 2017, however, the GCC experienced a rift as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain launched a boycott against Qatar, accusing it of destabilizing the region.
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"The Arab countries and the Gulf Cooperation Council have a great desire for peace and cooperation with Iran, but it must stop supporting terrorist acts in our countries and cooperate with its neighboring Arab nations," Assaf said.
Muscat: His Majesty the Sultan has received a written message from his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman of Saudi Arabia, which includes an invitation to attend the emergency summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) scheduled to be held in Makkah on May 30th.
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He said negotiation on third round of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Pakistan and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to be resumed after joint ministerial level meeting in GCCs countries presided by Bahrain.
RIYADH: GCC foreign ministers participated in the 143rd session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on Wednesday.
Summary: Prince Turki al-Faisal says Gulf Cooperation Council states must be part of negotiations between major world powers and Iran.
Summary: Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said on Wednesday the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council have become the greatest danger to the Arab nations' security.
Summary: The Gulf Cooperation Council will hold a meeting in Riyadh next week to agree on mechanisms for imposing sanctions on members of Lebanon's Hezbollah, its head Abdullatif al-Zayani said.
Abdul Latif bin Rashid al-Zayani, as Khalil bin Abdullah al-Khunji, the chairman of the Federation of Gulf Cooperation Council Chambers (FGCCC), will chair the FGCCC delegation.

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