Oman ‘opposes’ Gulf states’ union

December 08, 2013 - 6:09:50 am
Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah attends the IISS Regional Security Summit - The Manama Dialogue, in Manama, Bahrain, on Saturday. (Reuters)

MANAMA: Oman opposes upgrading the Gulf Cooperation Council to a union of six nations, an idea first mooted by Saudi Arabia, Muscat’s foreign minister said yesterday.

The union issue is on the agenda of the GCC summit to be held on Tuesday in Kuwait. “We are against a union,” Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi said at the Manama Dialogue here.

Alawi was speaking after Saudi Assistant Foreign Minister Nizar Madani called on Gulf states to unify against dangers in the region. “We will not prevent a union, but if it happens we will not be part of it,” Alawi said.

If the five other GCC members decide to form a union, “we will simply withdraw” from the new body, he said. AFP
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