Saudi Arabia offers Gulf states to deepen integration

Top officials from Gulf states gather in the Bahraini capital Manama for the first major international security conference after the deal between the world’s powers and Iran in November.

Saudi Arabia offers Gulf states to deepen integration

World Bulletin / News Desk

Gulf states should review their positions to form a confederation, Nizar Bin Ubeyd Medeni, Saudi Arabian Minister For Foreign Affairs, told in Manama.

"It is a must for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to deepen their integration and to be in unity instead of only making cooperation," Medeni told during his speech at the Manama Dialogue Summit. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister stated that it was important to fight against incidents happening around the region.

Top international diplomats, defence and security officials from Gulf states gathered in the Bahraini capital Manama for the major international security conference.

Oman opposes establishing union of Gulf states

Oman reacted to Saudi Arabia's proposal to be confederation due to its economic, political and military worries. "Oman will not join the Unity of Gulf, if it is established," Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alevi told.

The summit came after Iran and the P5+1 group -- the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany -- had reached a landmark deal in Geneva in November.

During the gathering, the deal was welcomed by the six-member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). "Proposals that Iran has made recently may be seen as an important step to repair the relations," Medeni told in regards to the deal.

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