GCC chiefs-of-staff meet in Kuwait City

RIYADH (AA) – The 15th meeting of the Supreme Committee of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Chiefs-of-Staff kicked off Monday in Kuwait City.

Notably, Qatari Chief-of-Staff Ghanim bin Shaheen al-Ghanim attended the event for the first time since mid-2017, which saw a major crisis in inter-Arab relations pitting Qatar against a four-nation bloc led by Saudi Arabia.

According to Kuwait’s official KUNA news agency, Monday’s get-together follows a series of earlier meetings attended by GCC chiefs-of-staff aimed at enhancing coordination between GCC militaries.

At the meeting, KUNA reported, participants “discussed topics pertaining to the implementation of joint military action and means of integrating the armed forces of GCC member states”.

In June of last year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain collectively severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The Saudi-led axis also imposed an air/land/sea embargo on Qatar, which continues to vociferously deny the terror allegations.

A six-nation bloc of oil-rich Arab Gulf states, the GCC is composed of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.