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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

GCC to "Consider" Membership for Jordan, Morocco?

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General has announced that the GCC will "consider" procedures to admit Jordan and Morocco to the organization. It was not clear if he was talking about full membership or some sort of associate status, since neither is in the Gulf. Jordan at least borders Saudi Arabia, but Morocco is a real outlier.

The obvious assumption, assuming this were to actually happen, would be that the GCC could become a sort of Arab Monarchs' Club, presumably in response to the wave of change sweeping the region.

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