GCC mulls regional police force

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Qatari police men take part in a military parade during the Gulf emirate's National Day celebrations in Doha on December 18, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

Qatari police men take part in a military parade during the Gulf emirate's National Day celebrations in Doha on December 18, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is considering establishing a Gulf-wide police force similar to Europol, the bloc's secretary-general has reportedly revealed.

The unified police force would tackle regional issues such as terrorism and serious organised crime, secretary-general Abdullatif Al Zayani was quoted as saying.

GCC countries could only properly defend themselves while acting as a collective unit, he claimed.

"One of our strategic goals is to secure the GCC against all threats, specifically acts such as terrorism and external aggression," Al Zayani told Bahraini newspaper Gulf Daily News.

"To deal with this, we are considering establishing a GCCPOL, similar to Europol.

"The GCCPOL will help in dealing with serious organised crime. Any attack on one is an attack on all and any tension should be resolved through political dialogue and cooperation between GCC leaders and allies.”

The GCC recently established an emergency risk management centre based in Kuwait to help advise leaders on regional or anticipated threats and coordinate disaster emergency relief in the region.

Al Zayani said the council also was discussing how to boost the capabilities of the GCC’s military arm, the Peninsular Shield Forces, to respond to external threats.

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Posted by: shaheen

I am surprised they don't hire BlackWater the hired guns in the other 5 Gulf countries also. They are all non moslem so won't have a problem attacking and killing moslems.

Posted by: leo50

i dont think they would have any problems hiring Muslims in this field.

Posted by: DNS

I presume the main reason for the establishment of this police force it to prevent a Bahrain-like situation, you know, the common man protesting against the government.

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