The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state members have agreed to set up a joint maritime security force and enhance cooperation in naval operations in response to increasing regional maritime conflict, according to Saudi media.
A joint naval exercise would begin in the UAE on Monday and run until Thursday as a first step towards a unified command system to be used in emergencies, a GCC statement quoted by Saudi media said.
The exercise would help raise the level of GCC’s preparedness, combat efficiency and cooperation.
GCC secretary general Abdul Latif Al Zayani in November called for the establishment of a joint naval force in the region to counter escalating maritime threats.
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