Gcc Joint Defense Agreement
It was only last November that the Emir of Bahrain boycotted the Islamic summit held in Doha, the capital of Qatar, due to a persistent border dispute. Al-Zayani expressed his secretariat`s appreciation for the support given to King Salman`s government and also praised the support and concern of the GCC and GCC Joint Defense Council countries and stressed their important role in promoting defense cooperation and integration among member states. In this context, it is quite possible that the new mutual defence pact will remain a dead letter. The first challenge of the new agreement is ratification by each Member State. The importance of “ratification” varies from country to country. In Saudi Arabia, the king has the power to ratify treaties. But King Fahd is ill and Crown Prince Abdullah is de facto the main decision-maker, although he has no regent power. .