Call for Gulf union far-sighted: Shoura
Published: Dec 26, 2011 02:14 Updated: Dec 26, 2011 02:14
RIYADH: The Shoura Council on Sunday described the call by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for a union of Gulf states as a historic step in the progress march of the Gulf Cooperation Council. King Abdullah made the call at the 32nd summit of GCC leaders in Riyadh last week.
The Shoura comments came at a regular session of the council chaired by Shoura Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh in Riyadh on Sunday.
Leaders of the six-nation GCC concluded a two-day summit in Riyadh on Tuesday with a vow to support King Abdullah's call to transform the GCC into a single powerful regional entity.
Al-Asheikh said King Abdullah's call came at a time when concerted efforts are needed to face future challenges. Describing it as a far-sighted move, he said this will enable the GCC states to converge their policies into a joint plan of action.
The Shoura chairman urged all consultative bodies in the GCC countries to extend their cooperation to successfully implement these policies. Such a move, he said, would serve the political, economic and social interests of all Gulf countries.
Meanwhile, GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the customs union will come into force on Jan. 1, 2015, through the formation of a GCC commission comprising directors of customs from all GCC countries.