Dubai: Kuwait has asked Gulf countries to work collectively against terrorism and acts of sabotage in the region.
Speaking at the ninth meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Joint Defence Council, Kuwait`s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, called on member nations to commit to the
Peninsula Shield Force to prepare for military challenges facing Gulf nations.
He said that military confrontations in neighboring countries and unstable conditions surrounding the Gulf require "collective regimes and to develop them to honour our supreme strategic objectives in a drive to guarantee the security and prosperity of the Gulf countries."
Sheikh Jaber, the host of the conference of the six countries that in addition to Kuwait include Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, told his fellow ministers
that the conference would give priority to the security of the GCC against external threats because "contiguous vigilance" and a uniform military strategy was imperative.
He extended an invitation to GCC countries to send "symbolic military units" of the countries that participated in the 1991 war to liberate Kuwait, and to take part in
February`s celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait.
Among other issues discussed at the conference were continuing GCC cooperation on defence issues, the importance of applying the defence strategy to the GCC countries, and a satisfaction in the progress of GCC military cooperation and joint defence.
The outcome of the conference will be referred to the GCC summit held in Abu Dhabi, UAE early next month. The next session of the Joint Defence Council will be
in the UAE next year.