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Iran responds to accusations by Gulf Arabs

Source : Agencies | 26 Dec 2012

Iran rejected accusations from Gulf Arab states that it was meddling in their affairs, saying those countries were "running away from reality", an Iranian news agency reported on Wednesday.

Six U.S.-allied states demanded Iran end what they called interference in the region, in a statement on Tuesday at the end of a two-day summit of the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), reiterating long-held complaints.

Expat population ‘could threaten’ GCC security

Source : Arab News | 11 Sep 2012

More than 12.5 million workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are foreigners, accounting for 31 percent of the 40 million GCC population, the latest official study said.

Three million foreigners are domestic workers in the six GCC member states.

The expatriate labor is not distributed in uniformly in these countries.

GCC chief sees union a reality

Source : Sharif M. Taha | Arab News | Riyadh | 25 May 2012

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdulatif Al-Zayyani said yesterday that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s proposal to move the GCC from a cooperation to a union would soon become reality.

Al-Zayyani, speaking on the 31st anniversary of the founding of the GCC, extended congratulations to the leaders of the member states on the occasion. The GCC was announced in Abu Dhabi on May 25, 1981.

Gulf Arabs to weigh unity

Source : Agencies | 14 May 2012

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will weigh closer political union at a summit of Gulf Arab leaders on Monday aimed at pooling efforts to neutralise Shi'ite Muslim protests in the region that they believe is instigated by Iran.

Iran denies that it is behind unrest among Shi'ites in oil-producing, Sunni Muslim-led monarchies across the Gulf. But after popular uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world over the past year, U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders are increasingly concerned that an uprising in Bahrain could bring a Gulf Arab nation under Iranian sway.

International help for Yemen sought

By Arab News | Riyadh | 22 Mar 2012

A top GCC official urged the international community to shoulder the responsibility of helping the impoverished state of Yemen in its efforts to restore political and economic stability and improve the deteriorating humanitarian situation there.

Abdul Aziz Al-Owaishiq, assistance secretary-general for strategic dialogue and negotiation affairs at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), noted Yemen has embarked on a difficult track of restoring normalcy after holding recent presidential elections.

Syrian troops storm Damascus suburb

By Bassem Mroue | AP | Beirut | 23 Jan 2012

Syrian troops stormed a flashpoint suburb of Damascus on Thursday, raiding homes and searching vehicles, while tens of thousands of backers of President Bashar Assad poured into the streets of several cities in a show of support for his embattled regime.

Just days after pulling out of the suburb of Douma following intense clashes with anti-regime fighters, government troops pushed back in early Thursday from all directions, meeting no resistance, activists said.

Syria rejects power transfer call

By Alistair Lyon | Reuters | Beirut | 24 Jan 2012

Syria on Monday rebuffed an Arab League call for President Bashar Assad to step down in favor of a unity government as interference in its affairs, underlining its determination to defeat a 10-month-old uprising seeking Assad’s overthrow.

It was not immediately clear whether Syria would accept the League’s decision to keep Arab observers in the country for another month despite their failure to stem bloodshed in which hundreds of people have died since they deployed on Dec. 26.

Syria finally lets in Arab observers

By Sherine El Madany and Ayman Samir | Reuters | 19 Dec 2011

Syria agreed on Monday to let Arab League observers into the country to monitor implementation of a deal it agreed last month to pull troops from protest-hit towns, free political prisoners and start talking to dissidents.

GCC rebuilds, repairs hundreds of homes in Gaza

By Mohammed Mar`i | Arab News / Gaza 24 Sept 2011

The GCC program for the reconstruction of Gaza has succeeded to rebuild hundreds of homes destroyed during the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip in 2008-2009.

Rif’at Diab, the program coordinator in the Strip, told the Voice of Palestine Radio that the program finished the first phase of the project which included the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 853 homes.

GCC railway project to go ahead

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News | Riyadh / 20 Sept 2011

The Council of Ministers on Monday gave the go-ahead to implement the $25 billion Gulf Cooperation Council railway project, which aims to link the six GCC countries through a 2,117-km railway network.

“The Cabinet approved a request from the Transport Ministry to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said.

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