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GCC security pact crucial to integration - Kuwaiti academic
February 19, 2014, 9:22 am

The importance of a security pact signed by Gulf states to social and economic integration was stressed by a Kuwaiti academic, who underlined its need for stability and development to thrive in the region.

The agreement is flexible and is beset with terms like cooperation, exchange and negotiation, professor of political science at Kuwait University Abdullah Al-Ghanim told Kuwait state television in an interview.

Al-Ghanim underlined that the agreement, which has not yet been ratified, does not conflict with the constitution and sovereignty of Kuwait but, instead, protects the constitution, which in turn takes the upper hand where related decisions are concerned.

It deals with criminal activity, thus protects these countries - Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - and achieves the safety of their people, he added.

Crises in the surrounding region are increasing day by day, he said, and many crimes on the global scale need to be addressed like cybercrime, money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism.

The academic went on to describe the "comprehensive agreement" as "a duty," whereby the geopolitical bloc had originally been formed as a defensive unit after the emergence of several crises in the surrounding, some transregional and others transnational.

Al-Ghanim urged a thorough and accurate reading of the document, as its main aim is to achieve the best interests of the country, on a personal level, and the regional bloc, on a wider scale.

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