Saudis, GCC sign on to unified military HQ

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From cooperation to integration

RIYADH, Dec 22, (KUNA): Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani signed Sunday the agreement for the headquarters of the unified military leadership of GCC. Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that this is based on the decision of the GCC on its 34th session at Kuwait in 2013, which includes the establishment of a unified military leadership for the Gulf states and an endorsement of the defense ministers in the 12th session, held at Bahrain in 2013.

Al-Saud praised the step of signing the unified military headquarters agreement, which expresses Saudi Arabia’s support for joint Gulf action and facilitating the task of the unified military leadership that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was keen to complete its requirements, within the framework of his vision related to moving the joint Gulf action from the stage of cooperation to integration.

Meanwhile, Al-Zayani expressed gratitude for the care provided by the government, the institutions and offices affiliated to it based in Riyadh. The facilities and support received by the General Secretariat, those affiliated with the government and the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had a great impact in facilitating the work of the General Secretariat, to accomplish its duties to enhance joint Gulf action, Al-Zayani noted.

He admired the launch of the work of the unified military leadership and the care it received from leaders of the GCC states, along with the Joint Defense Council, considering it as an important military system in enhancing defense cooperation and integration among member states, wishing for their leadership and their employees continued progress and success

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