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‘The Road to Union’: Al Arabiya airs special series on future of G.C.C.

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Al Arabiya news channel will begin Saturday broadcasting “The Road to Union,” a series of reports about an initiative of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah to transform the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in its current form, into a union state that is able to influence the developments on the regional and global levels.

The transition from a cooperation council to a union will create a stronger mechanism to unify laws and ensure their enforcement. The step aims to better serve Gulf citizens, who are looking forward to a stronger and a more effective role for the GCC, which created a popular base for unity and preserved the special identity of all its countries.

“The Road to Union” will shed light on the GCC’s accomplishments and what the council still aspires to achieve.

The series will display regional and global challenges, in addition to political and militarily factors, that now require Gulf States to transform from a council to a union.

The reports explain the details of how this transition will preserve the sovereignty of each of its Gulf States through a voting and a decision-making framework.

After more than 30 years, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah saw that the time for a transition to a union was ripe and made his initiative in line with the council’s principles.

The proposed union would ensure the sovereignty of each Gulf state because each one, regardless of its size, will have one vote during the decision-making process.

The step will aid in overcoming the GCC's previous failures to follow the implementation of its decisions, by the help of committees designed to make sure decisions taken are enforced.