USA conveys Yemen request to join GCC

June 24, 2010

The USA has reportedly conveyed a request from Yemen to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), asking the current six member states to consider it for full council membership, a Kuwaiti daily reported.

Yemen chose to seek US mediation ahead of the next GCC summit, scheduled to take place at the end of this year in Abu Dhabi, so that its application might be prioritized on the meeting agenda and in order to enable the member nations to discuss and consider the matter beforehand, Kuwait Times reported, quoting “well-informed source”, but without naming them.

The GCC, established in 1981, includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

Washington supports the plea, but the issue is unlikely to be discussed at the December summit, the sources said.

Some member states have flatly rejected since the council was established to consider allowing Yemen to join, the source said, adding that the issue had been discussed at previous summits, but with the invariable refusal to grant Yemen full membership.

“The GCC states only agreed to Yemen’s membership of the GCC’s social, educational, sports and cultural committees, as well as economically supporting it,” said the source. “The US had been informed of the full Yemen membership and has demonstrated understanding. It now asks that the GCC states provide Yemen with more economic support,” the source said.



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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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