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  1. HRK

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    GCC Seeks To Form Military Bloc With Jordan, Morocco

    DUBAIThe Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has invited Jordan and Morocco to form a military alliance to resolve the bloc’s manpower issues.

    According to a Jordanian official, the invitation was presented to the two governments during a GCC meeting in late March and is under consideration.

    The Morocco-based Al Massae newspaper reported that the new military alliance would include the six countries of the GCC — Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman — along with Morocco, Jordan and possibly Egypt.

    “Egypt has not been formally invited; however, there is a strong push from the Saudi government to include the Egyptians in such an alliance. However, the consent of the remaining GCC countries has to be given,” the Jordanian official said.

    One year ago, the GCC invited Morocco and Jordan to join the regional grouping. The most recent move, according to the Jordanian official, is seen as another step in solidifying the relationship between the only remaining monarchies in the Arab world.

    According to the newspaper report, the military alliance would receive the assistance of a total of 300,000 troops from Morocco and Jordan, as well as Egypt if included.

    In exchange, the three countries will be provided with financial aid.

    In 2012, the GCC presented Morocco and Jordan with a US $5 billion aid package to help sustain the two countries’ economies.

    “The financial rewards from a military alliance will be welcomed by both governments,” said military analyst Matthew Hedges at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis.

    “Aside from the obvious reasons and closeness of these two countries, the Jordanian forces are the most professional military force in the Arab world,” he said. “The Moroccan military has been involved in security training operations across the GCC with many governments and have a long history of cooperation.”

    On the other hand, the GCC would benefit from being a step closer to formalizing its Joint Command, which was announced in December at the GCC Summit.

    According to Saudi Arabia’s minister of the National Guard, Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, the council intends to have a force of 100,000 members under the Joint Military Command.

    “There will be a unified command of around 100,000 members, God willing. I hope it will happen soon, and the National Guard is ready for anything that is asked of it,” he was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency.

    In December, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the US intends to sell weapons to the GCC ahead of the announcement of a Joint Military Command. President Barack Obama in January issued a directive to Congress to facilitate the GCC defense article sales and defense services under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Arms Export Control Act.
     
  2. e3nad3alek

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    That's a good idea
     
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    That is seriously good move but they should add Pakistan in this too and also GCC should fund specially Jordan and Morocco need lot more advanced Fighter Jets than they currently have @Aeronaut @Oscar @fatman17 @Luftwaffe @BLACKEAGLE
     
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    I would reserve my comments on GCC move. The whole structure would need to be analyzed studied before even creating Combined Block when west is contributing technically towards equipment etc of these countries, first these countries would have to greatly become independent. There is one thing they should focus on better "coordination and Intelligence".

    Pakistan is already engaged heavily on eastern and western borders with restricted budgets and also contributing towards UN therefore Pakistan is in no position maybe in the unforeseeable Future.
     
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    Sir basically they are just going to fund their weapon deals they have done it before and they offered to do it again
     
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    I hope it sees the light.
     
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    Iran will also join
     
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    If Morocco can join then an ancient neighbor such as Egypt and long-standing ally should join as well. I would rather have Egypt to join than Morocco if I was to decide. Not that I don't keep our Moroccan brothers and sisters in high regard.

    The GCC has a potential to form a large Arab bloc in the Arab world and it should not only limit itself to monarchies if there is any aspiration of growing in terms of having new member states admitted.

    Yes, maybe their neighbor Afghanistan as well.:rofl:
     
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    as i said before i advice my saudi friends to try to win yeman in they have manpower common culture and they share border with saudi and cant be left for anyone who might have unfriendly agenda
    about Egypt i welcome this move because what happened after 30 june showed us who is friend and who is not but i dont understand what will happen is this something like joint defence pact or something else
     
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    It's a GCC alliance. not an Islamic (OIC) alliance.
    Pakistan is not included in the GCC and neither the Arab's accept us as their own, although Pakistan has played a major role in training Arab armed forces.

    Any Islamic alliance without Pakistan & Turkey will not be a good one.
     
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    gibberish

    No trolling back to topic
     
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    They should fly with the horses they desired :lol:

     
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    Pakistan is not in the Middle East nor are we Arabs, what business do we have there? let them sort their problem out on their own.
     
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    We have a genuine stake in the regional security paradigm which will not be ignored.