The Gulf States have decided to carry out “Gulf-Security 2 and 3” drills in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council announced yesterday. Abdul Latif Al-Zayani made his remarks during a press conference held in Manama in the wake of the GCC Summit, reported AlKhaleejonlne.com.
The GCC leaders reiterated the importance of reinforcing mutual security and defence cooperation. They also called on Iran to change its policy in the region, and condemned what they said was its “interference” in the internal affairs of the Arab countries. More specifically, the GCC said that Iran should end its “occupation” of three UAE islands.
Meanwhile, the GCC hailed the achievement of its members’ defence plan, which aims to build a “strong strategy” and establish a system able to face all threats and challenges. The summit’s closing statement stressed the importance of completing all of the measures needed to activate their partnership and bring it to its final stages. It hailed the “success” of the “Gulf-Security 1” drill, and thanked the Kingdom of Bahrain which hosted the manoeuvres for three weeks in November.