Gulf Arab Nations Need Regional Missile Defense Shield, WAM Says

Gulf Cooperation Council countries need to develop a missile defense shield as threats to the region are “more complex than ever,” the United Arab Emirates’ state-run news service WAM reported, citing an official.

“We are asking our allies to help us individually and collectively,” GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani was cited by the agency as saying. “The shield, as a solution, should be flexible and comprehensive. It should be a workable solution and not theoretical.”

Threats include biological and nuclear terrorism, cybercrime and financial crime, as well as ballistic missile threats and missile defense systems, the official said. Cooperation between the six-nation GCC, which includes Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, is key and sends a “strong message to our allies and enemies,” he added.

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