Gulf in the News – June 8, 2012

Defense ties with Spain reviewed

Source: Arab News ( read full story)

Defense Minister Prince Salman held talks here yesterday with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Morenes on strengthening military cooperation between the two countries.

“I am very happy to visit Spain. It comes following your visit to Saudi Arabia last month in order to complete our discussions during the last meeting,” Prince Salman told the Spanish minister.

Prince Salman, who arrived here Wednesday at the head of a high-level delegation, expressed his hope that the meeting would have good results benefiting the two countries and their people.

Gulf union high on agenda in GCC ministerial talks

Source: Gulf News ( read full story)

The GCC states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been looking into a proposal by Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to turn their alliance set up in 1981 into a union.

“I ask today that we move from a phase of cooperation to a phase of union within a single entity,” the Saudi monarch told fellow GCC leaders at the opening of the annual GCC summit in Riyadh in December.

“You must realize that our security and stability are threatened and we need to live up to our responsibilities. Our summit opens in the shadow of challenges that require vigilance and a united stance,” he said.

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