What is the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)?

  • Regional intergovernmental political and economic union established in 1981.
  • Comprises all Arab states in the Persian Gulf (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirate), except for Iraq.
  • Objectives include economic co-operation (gov't & private level), formulating regional regulations (trade, finance, tourism, customs) and military co-operation.
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