Bahrain adamant about the selection of Mohammad Al Mutawa as next GCC secretary general

May 21, 2010

Bahrain is adamant about the selection of Mohammad Al Mutawa, its nominee as the next secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), for the position, a Kuwaiti newspaper said.

According to Gulf sources cited by Al Siyassah, Bahrain said that it would not change its nominee, especially that Al Mutawa has been endorsed by four GCC states and that the leaders of these countries have reiterated their support at the GCC advisory summit in Riyadh on May 11.

Only Qatar has objected to the nomination, saying that it did support a Bahraini nominee, but had reservations about Al Mutawa, Bahrain’s information minister during the border dispute between the two neighbours. The standoff was settled by the International Court of Justice in 2001 and the two countries had accepted the verdict from The Hague.

The Kuwait GCC summit in December failed to resolve the issue and reports have surfaced that Kuwait had been tasked with narrowing the divergences between Manama and Doha.

“Bahrain believes that since it was its turn to hold the rotational position, it had the right to select its own nominee. Al Mutawa is a competent and experienced politician and has all the criteria needed for the post,” the unnamed Gulf sources told the Kuwaiti daily.

The GCC hopes to reach a consensus on the nomination before October when the GCC leaders hold their annual summit in Abu Dhabi, the capital where the six-member alliance of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, was founded in 1981.

Al Mutawa is currently the cultural advisor to Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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