May 12, 2011

An Emerging Bloc of Arab Monarchies

Alan Philps, The National

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By inviting Jordan to join, the GCC could gain some useful military capacity. Jordan has long wanted to join the grouping, in the hope of exporting surplus labour and gaining cheap oil supplies. The case of Morocco is not so clear. Its economy is tied more to Europe, and the distances are enormous. What is clear, however, is that the invitation turns a regional grouping into a pan-Arab bloc of monarchies.

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TAGGED: Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC

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