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Saudis Say GCC Union Needs Extra Work as Iran Tensions Rise

Saudi Arabia said the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council needs to agree a common approach before it can achieve greater unity, as the world’s biggest oil bloc confronts rising tensions with Iran and regional turmoil.

“All members need to agree to unity, not just Bahrain and Saudi Arabia,” the kingdom’s foreign minister, Saud al-Faisal, said after a summit meeting yesterday in Riyadh. The GCC is in “full cooperation” to form a union, he said, adding that greater unity among the bloc’s members will be achieved only following a “common understanding.”