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GCC, Jordan, Morrocco partnership needs "prop up"

Foreign ministers met in Kuwait last week as part of preparations for a GCC summit this month

GCC, Jordan, Morrocco partnership needs "prop up"
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries attend a US-GCC forum at the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretariat in Riyadh on March 31, 2012. Secretary Clinton promoted a missile shield to protect Gulf Arab states from Tehran and sought to work with them to help end the violence in Irans ally Syria during her visit to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Getty Images)

Better efforts were needed to “prop up” the partnership between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and fellow Middle East nations Jordan and Morocco including through trade and investment, according to governments in the region.

Foreign ministers from the GCC member states, Jordan and Morocco met in Kuwait last week as part of preparations for a GCC summit this month.

Addressing the meeting, Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah said it was necessary to continue efforts to prop up cooperation between both the GCC and Jordan and Morocco, State news agency KUNA reported.

Delegate Minister at the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Imbarka Buaida stressed the significance of paving the way for “freedom of exchanges” as well as more efforts for “reasonable, ideal investment”.

She said the meeting was "another strong sign for our well-established values, commonalities and solidarity”. It also showed a strong will and mutual determination to forge ahead with a more formal strategic partnership and address potential challenges.

Buaida hoped specialised teams would soon complete the structural framework for the partnership ahead of a joint plan of action and detailed blueprint.