Gulf non-cooperation: Inside the flailing GCC

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Gulf non-cooperation: Inside the flailing GCC

As fighting raged during the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war, neighboring countries of the Gulf region decided it was time to organize militarily and economically to ensure strength in numbers

Thirty-nine years later, the union that became known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is in tatters because of a blockade imposed on one of its members, the natural gas-rich nation of Qatar. The Qatar blockade The GCC was fractured on June 5, 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, along with Egpyt, a non-council member, severed all ties with Qatar and blocked air, land, and sea routes to and from the country.

Three years later, with the blockade still in full force, the fate of what once represented Gulf-Arab unity is now in question.

Bringing together Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, the GCC faces “unprecedented” challenges – including the repercussions from the coronavirus pandemic and the diplomatic crisis caused by the siege, Secretary-General Nayef al-Hajraf said in a statement marking the bloc’s 39th-anniversary last month.

The GCC was formed on May 25, 1981, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as the bloody war between Iraq and Iran was at its peak and the region was still reeling from the Islamic Revolution in Iran two years earlier. The goals were lofty


Category Gulf News | 2020/06/05 latest update at 4:44 PM
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