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Gulf leaders to announce closer political union

Leaders of the Gulf countries, who are set to meet today, are expected to announce closer political union, starting with two or three countries including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Reuters has reported. "I expect there will be an announcement of two or three countries. We can't be sure but I have a strong expectation," said Samira Rajab, Bahrain's minister of state for information affairs. "Sovereignty will remain with each of the countries and they would remain as UN members, but they would unite in decisions regarding foreign relations, security, military and economy."