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Kuwaiti Emir Signals At Possible Change Of GCC Structure

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The Emir of Kuwait said that the six nation GCC structure might have to be changed in order to face upcoming challenges.

Sheikh Sabah’s comments came on Tuesday as the GCC summit concluded a day earlier as the delegates left Kuwait after a closed session.

”We might change the system of the GCC to have mechanisms to better face challenges,” Sheikh Sabah said, referring to the GCC crisis that began on June 5.

He also hinted at the possibility of setting up a task force to deal with future rifts within the GCC.

”The truth is, the GGC already has a mechanism to form a task force to deal with internal disputes,” Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal, reporting from Kuwait City, said.

”A lot of criticism in the last few months has come from people asking where has this task force been to solve the GCC crisis.

”The reality is, if there was genuine interest to solve this, then we would have at least the deputy heads of state here.”

The GCC summit was expected to find a breakthrough in the ongoing crisis, but an abrupt end to the summit has destroyed the chances.

”The mere fact that it convened is major progress, especially in the abscene of true progress in bridging the gap between Qatar and, on the other hand, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain,” Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst Marwan Bishara said.

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