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Gulf nations to create joint military command
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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministerial leaders gather for their 34th summit at Bayan Royal Palace in Kuwait City on December 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministerial leaders gather for their 34th summit at Bayan Royal Palace in Kuwait City on December 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
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DUBAI: Six Gulf Arab nations wrapped up a summit meeting in Kuwait by agreeing to establish a joint military command, paving the way for tighter security coordination as their regional rival Iran pursues outreach efforts.

The official Kuwait News Agency said Wednesday that the military partnership was one of several initiatives agreed by the Gulf Cooperation Council member states.

It gave no details on when the command would be formed, how it would be structured or the extent of its mandate.

Saudi Arabia and other Western-allied Gulf states are wary of Iran's influence in the region. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last week visited four of the six Gulf nations in an effort to improve ties.

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

 
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