Kuwait hails ‘Arab NATO’
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.”
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.