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GCC States fail to agree on secretary-general for 2011 to 2014

Regional governments have failed to agree on a candidate for the position...

December 12, 2009 9:12 by



Regional governments have failed to agree on a candidate for the position of GCC secretary-general for the 2011 to 2014 term, reports Gulf News. Officials had hoped GCC nations would settle the issue ahead of the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Kuwait held on Monday.

“A consensus should be reached before the summit opens in Kuwait City on Monday. Kuwait, as a host, is really keen on a successful summit, particularly that crucial issues will be reviewed by the leaders,” sources in Manama told Gulf News.

In June, Bahrain nominated Mohammad al-Mutawa, the cultural advisor to the Bahraini prime minister. Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have all supported Bahrain’s choice; however Qatar is seeking to extend Abdul Rahman al-Atiyyah’s term to 2014. Al-Atiyyah, a Qatari national, has held the position since 2002.



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