GCC consultative meeting kicks off in Riyadh

08:54, May 11, 2011      

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GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani speaks at the news briefing during the Gulf Cooperation Council summit (GCC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 10, 2011. The GCC held the meeting to discuss the current situation in the Middle East and Gulf region on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Wang Bo)

The 13th consultative meeting of the leaders of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) kicked off here on Tuesday, according to Al-Arabiya TV.

Major political developments in the Arab world, including the strained relations between the GCC and Iran will top the agenda of the meeting.

The meeting will also look at possible ways to solve the crises in a number of states in the region, in particular Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The meeting, which comes a week after the killing of Osama bin Laden and amid delays in the endorsement of the GCC-brokered deal for Yemen, is expected to shed light on the security situation in the region and terrorism at large.

The leaders may also spell out an action plan to deter Tehran and to stop its growing interference in the affairs of GCC states.

The GCC meeting will also discuss the financial support to Bahrain and Oman.

The GCC is a union that comprises Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

Source: Xinhua

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