Gulf leaders to discuss political union-Bahrain minister

Reuters News
Posted: May 14, 2012 3:24 PM
Gulf leaders to discuss political union-Bahrain minister

DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab leaders meeting on Monday are expected to discuss closer political union, starting with two or three countries including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, a government minister in Bahrain said on Sunday.

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, meet as they grow increasingly concerned over Iran and al Qaeda after the Arab uprisings.

"I expect there will be an announcement of two or three countries. We can't be sure but I have a strong expectation," said Samira Rajab, minister of state for information affairs.

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"Sovereignty will remain with each of the countries and they would remain as U.N. members but they would unite in decisions regarding foreign relations, security, military and economy."

(Reporting by Andrew Hammond; Writing by Reed Stevenson; Editing by Alessandra Rizzo)