Bahrain's Information Minister Samira Rajab said today that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and possibly a third GCC country will announce on Monday the formation of a new political union with common foreign, security and military policies. The announcement will be made in Riyadh at the GCC summit, Reuters reported.
The three countries will maintain their national sovereignty and membership in the UN and other international organizations, much like the EU members. The extent of their economic and monetary cooperation and integration, however, was not reported. Qatar is believed to be the third member. The membership in the newly formed union would remain open to the remaining GCC countries.
"The great dream of the peoples of the region is to see the day when borders disappear with a union that creates one Gulf," said Bahraini prime minister [BNA, 13 may].
The decision to form a regional union is believed to have been prompted by the need to respond to the growing uprising of the Shia majority in Bahrain and the perceived threats by Iran, heightened by Ahmadinejad’s visit to Abu Musa Island which is claimed by the UAE.