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GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia's king urges unity amid uprisings in region that swept some Arab countries this year

GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (R) welcomes Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
The heads of the six Gulf nations are holding their first summit since the Arab Spring overthrew a raft of regional governments, including key allies (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
King Abdullah (R) with Sultan Qaboos bin Said (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said on Monday the security of his country and that of his Arab neighbours was being targeted (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
The world's top oil exporter has accused Iran of backing an alleged plot uncovered in October by the United States to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
Saudi defence minister Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) welcomes Qatar's emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
Prince Salman (L) welcomes Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah(AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
King Abdullah also suggested that the GCC needed to adapt to the new circumstances in the Middle East following the uprisings that swept some Arab countries earlier this year (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
'We learnt from history and experience not to stand still when faced with our reality,' the king said. (AFP/Getty Images)
GCC must adapt to new-look Middle East: King Abdullah
'Whoever does that will end up at the back of the caravan trail and will be lost... That is something we will not accept for the sake of our countries, our people, our stability and our security. That is why I ask of you today to move beyond the stage of cooperation and into the stage of unity in a single entity,' he added. (AFP/Getty Images)