The time has come for a GCC union, analysts say

December 22, 2011

Arab citizens of GCC states have welcomed Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz’s proposal for a Gulf Union, which he announced on Monday.

“The union has become a necessity in these fast-changing conditions,” said a former Bahraini editor Fareed Hassan.

“It could be mainly political, but also economic. These are the times for high-powered coalitions and the Gulf countries are well aware of the need to get closer and work together in order to move ahead confidently in very uncertain times,” he said.

The Al Asala society, the flagship for Salafism in Bahrain, said GCC countries needed to work together to confront the lurking threats.

“The call by the Saudi monarch was issued at a critical time for the region under extremely ominous threats to its very existence,” the society said. “No single country can deal with such high risks, and coordination, coalition and moving from cooperation to union is the only way forward. The situation in the neighbouring countries is extremely tense and threats to our own countries are real.

Strong line of defence

“The GCC has proved that it is a strong line of defence and should be reinforced.”

Ebtisam Hijris, one of four women lawmakers in the lower chamber of Bahrain’s bicameral parliament, welcomed the call as the answer to the threats facing the region.

“The people of the region have now raised their expectations and appreciate the extent of the dangers lurking around them,” she said.

“There have been tremendous changes in the region and threats to the council have become visible and clear. The people in Bahrain now realise the significance of the union,” she added.



About the author

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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