Gulf defence ministers to study joint telecom project

Published October 16th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Defence ministers of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) monarchies will meet in Riyadh on Tuesday to strengthen their cooperation, a senior official said.  


The ministers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will study a $70 million telecommunications project to link the military headqarters of all six countries, said GCC deputy secretary general for defence affairs, general Faleh al-Shatti. 


Swedish firm Ericsson has been awarded the contract. An $88 million project to link the radar networks of the Gulf Arab states would also be examined, he said.  


In September, Gulf chiefs of staff considered raising the size of a joint defence force called Peninsula Sheild from 5,000 to 22,000 troops. The force, created in 1986, is headquartered at Hafez Al-Baten, in northeastern Saudi Arabia, but it did not intervene when Iraq overran Kuwait in a few hours in 1990. — (AFP, Riyadh) 


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