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Saudi official urges Gulf unity to confront Iran
Integration will help counter regional threats, including Iran's nuclear ambitions, Saudi prince says
Saudi Arabia's deputy foreign minister says Gulf Arab states must seek full integration of key affairs such as diplomacy and defense.


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Speaking at a conference Saturday on Gulf youth issues, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah said integration will help counter threats including Iran's nuclear ambitions and spillover of Arab Spring popular uprising.

 

Prince Abdulaziz's comments highlight strong Saudi support for unity efforts among the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council.

 

The Western-allied bloc has increasingly discussed closer coordination to battle Arab Spring-inspired opposition and confront regional rival Iran.

 

Last year, a Saudi-led military force came to the aid of Bahrain's embattled monarchy against an ongoing uprising by the country's Shiite majority.

 

 

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