GCC to create security task force
Kuwait, December 16, 2009
GCC states have agreed to create a joint rapid deployment force to address security threats in the region.
The force would intervene in situations similar to an incursion into Saudi Arabia by Yemeni Shi'ite rebels earlier this year, GCC secretary-general Abdulrahman Al Attiyah yesterday told a news conference at a summit of Gulf leaders.
'The force will be one of the pillars that will support stability and security in the region,' he was quoted as saying in a report in our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News.
GCC leaders ended the two-day summit in Kuwait by voicing confidence over the ability of their economies to overcome the impact of the global economic crisis.
A communique at the end of the talks said the leaders decided to establish a monetary council and asked its board of directors to take all necessary measures to issue the single currency.
His Majesty King Hamad returned yesterday after taking part in the talks.
His Majesty and other leaders attended the launch of the first phase of a GCC power grid on Monday.