GCC completes 27 years today


In a statement yesterday, Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah highlighted the remarkable role of the GCC leaders in the march of the six-state bloc to realize the aspirations of the people of the GCC countries in all spheres.

The wisdom of the GCC leaders had enabled the Gulf bloc, which was established in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi in 1981, to become a catalyst of development and face all challenges, he said.

He voiced the hope that joint action by the GCC would result in many achievements, noting the launch of the common gulf market in January 2008 as a great step forward that would have positive impact on the Gulf economies.

The GCC countries are seeking to create a borderless region to allow people to get jobs, health services and social services across the region.

He commended the efforts of the GCC foreign ministers in highlighting and supporting the GCC’s and Arab causes, foremost among them the Palestinian and Iraqi issues.

The GCC consists of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Oman.

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