May 13th, 2012
04:43 AM ET

Gulf leaders to discuss EU-style union

The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council will hold a meeting Monday in Saudi Arabia to discuss transforming their six nations into a union, similar to the European Union.

The idea of the GCC nations to integrate into one entity - and replace what exists now as simply a cooperative - was first floated by Saudi Arabia in December. Monday's meeting in Riyadh will lay out the timetable for it.

The GCC is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

"The threats of all kinds require the hard works of the GCC countries to shift from a current formula of cooperation to a union formula acceptable to the six countries," Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said last month.

He didn't specify what threats he was referring to. But some analysts have said the GCC move could be an effort to counter the growing influence of Shiite Iran.

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  1. Mitch

    banasy and chrissy are at it again Mary. Could you confirm my question to you.

    May 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @ Mitch

    Everybody getts their name hikacked here. Mary does, dazzle does, banasy does, Scottish Mama does, Philip does, chrissy does, hamsta does, bobcat does, and you do. Everybody does! If people knew who it was, it would have been stopped, but it keeps going on and on and on. Pointing fingers at everyone else is what it wants us to do! Don't feed the troll, even if it's hard NOT TO!!!!

    May 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      Then who is trolling Tori. I don't want to get blamed for that.

      May 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    @so not @bobcat(iah) at 252. Its all in the spacing jacker.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    @Mitch, the answer to your question is staring back at you from the mirror.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. NEW WORLD TRADE CENTER

    When is the North American Union going to start? Do we have any times/dates on that?

    May 14, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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