Kuwait hails ‘Arab NATO’

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 13, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah re­vealed on Thurs­day that the US has pro­posed a so-called ‘Arab NATO’ that would aim to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of the re­gion.

The al­liance, which would in­clude all of the six Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil states along with Egypt and Jor­dan, would have nu­mer­ous se­cu­rity, mil­i­tary and eco­nomic di­men­sions, he said.

“We have al­ways wel­comed this idea as we be­lieve we are in need of such al­liances in light of the chal­lenges we face,” he told re­porters at a Span­ish em­bassy hosted event. “We need such a bloc ca­pa­ble of meet­ing th­ese chal­lenges.” On whether this al­liance would be di­rected solely at Iran, he warned that any sug­ges­tions of this were “mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tions,” say­ing it would aim to tackle “sev­eral re­gional chal­lenges, mainly ter­ror­ism, not just Iran.”

(AP)

A man speaks on the phone out­side Saudi Ara­bia’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct 13. Turk­ish of­fi­cials have an au­dio record­ing of the al­leged killing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi from the Ap­ple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul over a week ago, a pro-gov­ern­ment Turk­ish news­pa­perre­ported Satur­day.

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