Kerry hints at possible GCC-Nato security partnership
Taimur Khan | April 8 | The National
Abu Dhabi – In the run up to Barack Obama’s summit with Gulf Arab leaders later this month, US and Gulf officials will discuss the possibility of a GCC security partnership with Nato, as well as “economic transformation” in the region, US secretary of state John Kerry has said.
Mr Kerry met with his GCC counterparts in Manama on Thursday evening to lay the groundwork for Mr Obama’s talks with Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia on April 21. The Saudi talks come a year after the Camp David summit convened by the US president last May to reassure Gulf leaders about the Iran nuclear deal and agree on areas of strengthened security cooperation.
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[Comment: I get the reasoning behind the GCC (and even generally support the idea, even if I think it fortunate that the worst daftness of most of the folks involved is limited by their staggering lack of capability), but tying our principal security alliance to this is not, IMHO, a good idea. ~ JPD]
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