Issue 185 - 24 Nov 1986
The emphasis given to defence and regional security affairs at the recent GCC summit conference in Abu Dhabi served to confirm the Iran-Iraq war as the dominant concern of the governments of the region. Faced with the failure of every political and diplomatic effort to bring about a negotiated end to the Gulf war, the leaders of the six GCC countries had little option but to press on with the improvement of their individual and collective defence capabilities.

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