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Gulf countries consider forming regional police force like Europol

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Arab Gulf countries are considering establishing a regional police force like the Europol, GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif al-Zayani said on Tuesday.

“The GCC countries are looking into forming a regional police force like the Europol,” he said at the Gulf Strategic Conference, organized by Bahrain Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Energy (BCSISE).

Zayani said the move is a response to the GCC’s realization of the prospective dangers facing the region that could lead to its instability.

Emphasizing the unity among the GCC facing these dangers, al-Zayani said “a threat to one of us is a threat to us all.”

“The GCC countries have spoken out consistently and firmly on their opposition of avoiding conflict and bloodshed,” he added.

On a broader scale, the conference was centered on discussions regarding the GCC’s role in the world order and in the region, especially in response to the paradigm shifts made as a result of the 2011 Arab Spring.

Other issues discussed at the conference included the Syrian conflict, GCC-Turkish relations, the Iranian nuclear issue, strategic relations with the United States, new challenges brought on by the cyberspace era and cross border extremist organizations.