Enhancing the Role of GCC

  • 3 November 2013

More than ever, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations need to join ranks now and take an effective stand in the wake of an ever-changing regional and international scene and highly complex challenges. This matter was the subject of discussion during the meeting of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and his brother the Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Friday, wherein they discussed the means for enhancing GCC’s progress.

The UAE has always sought to promote unity among Gulf States and has played an important role in this regard since the launch of the GCC in Abu Dhabi in 1981. Greater Gulf integration has been a key feature of the UAE’s foreign policy since the days of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), who held the conviction that unity leads to strength, dignity and progress. The same policy has been pursued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and his Brothers, Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates. The UAE’s firm belief in the GCC and its unstinted support since its establishment demonstrates the country’s faith in the unity that GCC upholds — sublime values that also constitute the main tenet of the Federation, which is the source of its strength and invincibility. They also highlight the UAE’s awareness of the importance of Gulf integration and the necessity of facing off common security challenges, as well as economic and political problems encountered by GCC member states.

The developments witnessed in the Arab region and the Middle East since the end of 2010 prove that “GCC nations are able to defend their security, their interests, their accomplishments and protect their communities against any attempts to undermine them or to sow chaos. It also highlighted the concept of ‘collective Gulf security’, and has introduced significant initiatives which has earned it global recognition and support such as the Gulf Initiatives on tackling the Yemeni crisis. The GCC nations have proven to the whole world, in words and deeds, that they are a force for regional stability and development.

Coordination among GCC nations has played a vital role in strengthening the nations’ regional standing. They have not only foiled external infiltration but have also taken positive action toward safeguarding Arab interests. The Middle East remains riddled with uncertainty and instability, which exposes it to many prospects in times ahead, given the regional and international concurrences in the region and developments emanating from chronic and festering issues. It makes it all the more important to cooperate, coordinate and integrate efforts among GCC countries to take a unified stand on regional developments and prepare for any contingency.