Gulf states plan joint naval force: Kuwaiti official

KUWAIT CITY // The Gulf states plan to launch a joint naval force, a top Kuwaiti defence official said on Wednesday, in a bid to protect waters shared with neighbouring Iran.

The new force is expected to be formed in the “coming months”, Maj Gen Ahmad Yussef Al Mulla was quoted as saying by the official Kuna news agency.

The Gulf Cooperation Council states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – formed the Peninsula Shield force in 1982 as a 5,000-strong army.

The six states share thousands of kilometres of shoreline along the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea – bodies of water also patrolled by Iran’s powerful navy.

Full article: Gulf states plan joint naval force: Kuwaiti official (The National)

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