Bahrain drafts roadmap for the GCC
Manama, June 23, 2010
Officials are to meet for more talks over Bahrain's draft roadmap for the GCC, following discussions in Bahrain.
His Majesty King Hamad submitted the roadmap to the GCC Summit in Kuwait in December and a draft proposal is due to be put to this year's summit in Abu Dhabi.
The roadmap includes GCC military, security and economic co-operation, along with joint action over human rights.
GCC Foreign Ministers met to discuss the vision at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa yesterday and reached agreement in various areas, such as the establishment of a GCC human rights commission and the appointment of a GCC affairs minister in each state.
They also discussed ways to build a GCC-Asian partnership and to strengthen strategic dialogue with Association of South-East Asian Nations member states.
Further talks will take place to finalise issues, Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Shaikh Mohammed Salem Al Sabah told a Press conference.
'The meeting was fruitful and concluded with a lot of agreements,' he said.
Dr Shaikh Mohammed said moves for a unified GCC currency were moving ahead cautiously.
'We are at the moment studying the euro currency's downfall, to see what we can learn from it,' he said.
GCC Secretary-General Abdulrahman Al Attiyah said discussions were also underway between the states on allowing fishermen to fish in each other's waters.
'This is part of uniting the GCC and being discussed in each state and studied by app-ointed committees,' he said.-TradeArabia News Service