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Saudi National Guard ready for GCC unified military command

The unified force may consist of around 100,000 soldiers

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The Saudi National Guard is ready to serve in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GGC) unified military command, said Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Saturday.

“There will be a unified command of around 100,000 members, God willing. I hope it will happen soon, and the National Guard is ready for anything that is asked of it,” Prime Miteb said.

His comments came at the end of an annual routine military training and mock war game exercise that lasted for two weeks, in which a number of Saudi brigades and military field units had participated.

Earlier in December, leaders of the GCC states approved the founding of a unified military command structure that should combat threats to the Gulf region.

The United Arab Emirates was chosen by the leaders to host a think tank to study shared security threats in the region, according to the UAE-based The National newspaper.

The military initiative represented a “political signal,” said Matteo Legrenzi, an associate professor and chair in international relations and Gulf studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, in an interview with Al Arabiya News last month.