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Bahrain endorses Gulf Cooperation Council security treaty draft
Global Arab Network - - Shahid Abbas
A security treaty draft that allows the tracking down of lawbreakers and wanted people across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries regardless of their nationalities has been endorsed by Bahrain, Global Arab Network reports according to local media.

“The Cabinet reviewed a memorandum from the Interior Ministry on the GCC security draft and approved it,” Yasser Al Nasser, the Cabinet secretary general, said following the session on Sunday.

The draft aims at reinforcing security cooperation and coordination between the six member countries of the GCC, Al Nasser said.

Under the treaty, each GCC country is bound to take legal action — based on its own legislation — against citizens or residents who interfere in the domestic affairs of another member. The member countries will also exchange information and expertise to combat all forms of crime, the draft stated.

The security treaty could be taken up by the GCC leaders when they convene for their annual summit in December in Bahrain. In May, the leaders endorsed an agreement to promote collective security.

The initial security agreement was announced in Manama in December 1994, but only Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman endorsed it at the time. Qatar entered the pact in 2009. The GCC leaders, at their 2010 summit in Kuwait, called for building on the understanding by putting it to a committee of experts and specialists from the GCC countries.

On Saturday, Gazi Al Omar, Kuwait’s interior ministry assistant undersecretary, announced that the final draft was ready and would be reviewed by the interior ministers. “The interior ministry undersecretaries have discussed the final draft and it was forwarded to the interior ministers who will review it when they convene,” he said.

The GCC is going through critical times that require a unification of the policies, plans and implementation strategies of security agencies of member states, the official was quoted as saying by Kuwait News Agency (Kuna).

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