The UAE and Saudi Arabia have created a new military and trade partnership separate from the GCC, according to a statement issued by the UAE.
According to the statement, the new committee ‘is assigned to cooperate and coordinate between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in all military, political, economic, trade and cultural fields, as well as others, in the interest of the two countries.’
However, there is no official confirmation from Saudi Arabia yet.
Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal, reporting from Kuwait City, said the UAE/Saudi partnership ‘would be seen as very antagonising towards the GCC as an organisation, an organisation that has been under threat very much because of the actions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE in terms of imposing a blockade which has gone on for six months now.’
The announcement of the new Saudi-UAE partnership could complicate matters further, Elshayyal noted.
“For a decision, or an announcement, like that to happen at the summit is something that’ll be seen, as far as the Kuwaitis are concerned, as quite frankly offensive to their efforts to try and unite the GCC as a region,” he said.