Al Munawer argues move would serve the goal of a Gulf Union
- By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
An ad-hoc commission, made up of 12 members, two from each member country, was set up to look into ways to implement the proposal and its report was submitted to the Council. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia were openly enthusiastic about the move, while other members said that more time was needed to achieve the transition.
However, the GCC leaders at their annual advisory summit in Riyadh in May came round to the view that more time was needed and that the initiative would be reviewed by the council of foreign ministers.